“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Recently I have had a great number of incredible individuals placed in my life. As cliche as it may be to say, I am a firm believer that there is a purpose behind every person you encounter. Some people will cross your path and change your entire direction while others will join your path and become part of your everyday life. I have found myself at a loss and wandering somewhere in between. I desire for these individuals to remain in my life but find myself thinking that they have simply changed my course and moved on. So, what’s the point?
The God of our universe cares deeply about us; He knows that in addition to His unconditional love we require something tangible. This is where you and I come in. As Solomon mentioned in Ecclesiastes, “Two are better than one”. If you take a look at the Message version (which I often do) it reads, “It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.” Different words, same message. Life is better with someone else walking beside you. God intended us to walk through life with others; He provided brothers and sister for this exact reason. He also knew His children would stumble and fall, “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Our Father chooses to fill our lives with siblings who will encourage and walk alongside each other. He chooses to. So, what’s the point?
We don’t meet people by accident, that’s the point. Each and every one of these individuals was placed in my life for a distinct reason. Do I wish I was able to go through life with the one who taught me where my worth is found? Absolutely. Do I wish I was able to sit under the stars with the one who taught me more about my faith than anyone else? Absolutely. Do I wish I was able to have coffee with the one who inspired me to live better than I knew how? Absolutely. All three of these individuals have had tremendous impacts on my life, they have changed my entire direction. Trust me, I want nothing more than to jump on a plane and fly straight across the country. I’ve seen the reunions, the dinner dates, the camp friends becoming real life friends. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it either. Two years ago I spent a month volunteering alongside eighty high school students and eighty college students. Throughout this period of time these individuals saw me at my worst and helped me to become my best. Promises of reunions and visits to out of state friends were made as goodbyes were said. Two years have passed and only two of those were not goodbyes, they were see you laters. There is no discrediting the impact each one of these individuals had on my life, they simply were not placed there to stay. As much as I desire for this time to be different, I have to accept that it’s not my decision to make. “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” [Proverbs 16:9] My heart hurts not being in the presence of these incredible individuals, but the Lord establishes each one of our steps. Some He brings together for life, some he brings only to change the course of life. Thank you to those who have crossed my path and never looked back, thank you to those who have changed the direction of my life, and thank you to those who have joined me on this path. I simply pray that I am able to walk through life with some of the brothers and sisters I have encountered this summer. God willing, I may just be lucky enough to.