WEDNESDAY, MAY 27
“And he was your messenger to help me in my need.”
Philippians 4:25 (NLT2)
FRIENDS WHO ENCOURAGE WHEN WE ARE DOWN
Stu Weber, in his book Tender Warrior, includes an article written by a woman. She writes: One day the doorbell rang and there stood my beloved brother. It was a delightful surprise. His work as an executive of an international petroleum company keeps him out of the country most of the time, so his visits are rare, unexpected and usually really brief. It seemed as if he’d just arrived when after an hour, he got up to say good-bye. I felt tears sliding down my cheeks. He asked why I was crying. Hesitating, I said, “Because I simply don’t want you to go.” He gave me a surprised look. He went to the phone and left a message for the pilot of his company’s plane. We had a wonderful forty-eight hours together. But I suffered a nagging feeling that my selfishness had caused him great inconvenience because I had told him I needed him. Sometime later my brother received an important award for his contributions to the oil industry. A reporter asked him at the time, “Is this the greatest honor that you’ve received?” “No,” he said, “my sister gave me my greatest honor the day she cried because she didn’t want me to leave. That’s the only time in my life anyone ever cried because they didn’t want me to leave. It was then that I discovered the most precious gift one human being can ever bestow on another is to let him know he is really needed.”
Epaphroditus showed up when Paul was in need. He volunteered for an 800 mile, six-week tough journey to get an offering to Paul. And Paul never forgot him. We never forget the people who show up when life gets tough. Who are the people who have shown up for you during your toughest days? Have you let them know how much that meant to you? Can you think of anyone in your world right now who may be going through a tough season and needs you to show up with the love and presence of Christ?