We Prayed A Lot

What do you do when you are on vacation with your best friend? Do you do a lot of shopping, site seeing, drinking coffee, drinking alcohol, exercising, talking, all of the above, none of the above??? I recently returned home from Florida, having spent ten days with my best friend. Thinking back over our time together, what came to me was that we prayed a lot! That makes me chuckle to write that because you might think we had a horrible time together and it took a lot of prayer to get through it! Quite the opposite is true. We always have a great time together doing many different things. But our times together have changed over the last 20 years or so. We used to ski, play racquetball, bowl, and play softball a lot. Yes, we were quite active. We lived in Germany when we met. Life was good, full of fun and lots of activities. I was much more of a sports nut then than a God nut…if you want to put it that way! Thankfully, as the years have gone by, we have both grown in our faith, and now our God times together are usually our best times together…especially if they can be on a beach, with a cup of coffee, watching the east coast sun rise…if I have gotten up early enough to join her!

Some may say, how boring—reading the Bible and praying with your best friend. What a way to spend a vacation! Maybe you can think of a thousand things more exciting than that. There was a time when I would have been one of those people. Now, I’m not saying that all the other activities that we used to enjoy together aren’t still awesome. Although, being 20-plus years older, we aren’t quite so agile. But what I’m sharing with you here is that praying together, and being in the Word together, is very enjoyable also!

We used to exercise more physically, using our competitive racquetball muscles for fun! Now we exercise more spiritually, wanting God to grow our heart muscle for Him!

Deb and I have experienced a lot of life together over the last 20–plus years…the good, the bad, and the ugly. She has seen me through my darkest days of saying good-bye to our youngest son. We have laughed together, cried together, and we have embraced Jesus together in the midst of it all. One of Deb’s friends was diagnosed with Leukemia while I was with her on this last visit. Deb’s friend has become my friend too. Jackie knew me through our son’s battle with Leukemia. God allowed us to share that day, and that tough diagnosis together…and pray. What would we do, if we couldn’t pray? We need one another, to encourage each other, and to pray for each other in Jesus’ name. As we do, Jesus will continue to be the glue that holds all of us together!

When Searching And Noticing the Divine today, this is where my search led. I like what I have noticed. I like that friends can share divine moments together, and that God grows friendships in this way. Because, Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Eccl 4:12) I like that…a lot!