Friday, December 6, 2019
“Now, Lord,… enable Your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.” ~ Acts 4:29
One day I received a call from a friend. I could tell something was wrong just by the sound of his voice. He asked if I could meet him later that night because he needed to talk. I said, “absolutely,” and asked what it was about. He told me that he was at a “spiritual crossroads” and needed my advice. A “spiritual crossroads”? Advice? From me? At this point I was honestly more concerned about myself than my friend. What was I going to say? I’m no biblical scholar. I have never counseled anyone. I felt that I had a real chance of letting my friend down, or possibly turning him away from God by saying something wrong.
Later that night when I met my friend, he was sitting in his truck smoking a cigarette. His hands were shaking, and I could tell he had been crying. He opened his door and said to me, “You believe in God, right?” “Yes,” I answered. He began to tell me that his fiancée had suddenly left him. He asked me, “How can God let me be so happy for so long and then rip my life apart?” I was silent for what seemed an eternity. “Well?” he asked. I had never been asked such a question before, but I knew that all I could do was answer him honestly. “I don’t know,” I said. I tried to think of something better, but that was all that came out. He asked again, “Why would God do this to me?” I told him, again, “I don’t know, but God does.” My friend lit another cigarette and looked at me quite puzzled. “I can’t say what the plan is, but this is part of it. I know it. This is part of His plan. Whether this is to make you stronger, or maybe to make her more caring, or to prevent a marriage that seems right, but isn’t; I don’t know, but God does. I have faith in that, and so should you.”
We talked a bit longer about God and personal relationships, both good and bad. My friend said he felt a little better and talking with me really helped. He even mentioned going back to church. I felt relieved that I had not done any harm and had helped a friend in need. I also felt proud of myself for speaking up and being confident in my beliefs and my faith. Maybe that was part of His plan too.