I always left those conversations feeling so much better.
Reference: “Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.” 2 Timothy 1:4 NIV
Explore: When I was a teenager I went to boarding school. While my mother wrote me letters regularly, the easiest communication was over the phone.
I remember numerous times, when things were tough, crying over the phone to my parents. I would tell them all about my trials and unburden myself on them.
I always left those conversations feeling so much better. My poor mother was left worrying that I was ok.
It wasn’t until a couple of days later, during our next phone conversation, that my mother will hear that I am fine and life has gone on.
Application: Communication wasn’t so easy a couple of thousand years ago. While letters were possible they would have taken much longer than Australia Post.
The Apostle Paul writes to his friend, Timothy, and the congregation he planted. He remembers how close they had been as he recalls the tears they shared.
As he anticipates his next visit, I can only imagine how much the church had changed since he was last there.
While we can’t always see our family and friends all the time, we trust that our all-powerful, all-seeing God will hold them in His loving arms. We cannot be all things to all people, but God is always present with our distant loved ones.
Prayer: Lord, may Your over-arching love and protection keep us secure and confident of our future. Amen.
When has God used you to be a friend for someone in need?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.