A Third Cord
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-11, Solomon writes “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is notanother to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
I look around every day, I see the mountains and the beauty of this place and I’m constantly reminded that God is awesome! If it our spiritual fervor was reliant on the landscape, we would be unstoppable here! Sadly, and yet providentially, that is not the case… and in a weird way, I am really glad that that is not the case.
Sense Bonnie and I moved here, we have made some wonderful friends and experienced fellowship that we did not deserve. We have had people look out for us, send us money, and call to make sure we are doing alright so when I say what I’m about to say, I do not want to negate the blessings God HAS given us.
This place can literally SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF YOU!!! I mean that. Though there are christian brothers and sisters here who love us, our circumstances and where we live in relation to our friends makes it hard to feel like we have a family here. My wife and I both feel this and talk about it a lot. This is the one thing we have been in constant prayer for sense we moved here. We prayed not only for a sense of family here but also for partners in ministry.
I know for a fact that, were it not for Bonnie, this place would have broken me by now given the same circumstances. Together we have been able to stay strong during some of the hardest times and we have constantly grown closer to each other and to God because of it, but there are times when we have both said to each other, “I just wish we had family or friends that lived closer.” or “I just wish we had people here that understood us better” (more or less referring to small things like our humor, or southern culture… which are very important too!!). We both knew that a cord of two was strong, but a cord of three was better.
A few months ago I was talking to my buddy Colt (one of my old youth students at New Covenant) who was graduating in June and told him passingly (though not joking!), “dude, you should totally move out here when you graduate!” He wasn’t sure what he was doing after high school and had no real plans for college yet so I told him to come spend the summer with us. I told him if he wanted to stay longer he could and he could just go to school out here.
After a couple months of going back and forth with this idea he finally called and said “dude! I’m coming to Colorado!”
Needless to say, I was jacked. Colt has always been like a little brother to me and he was one of my favorite youth students because the guy was probably one of the best student leaders I’ve ever seen in a youth group. He loves Jesus and he lives to serve him.
I wasn’t sure God would answer our prayers for family here and I wasn’t sure if he would ever bring me a partner in ministry like I hoped for, but Colt is literally, the biggest answer to prayer I could think of! God didn’t just send a partner in ministry, but a true brother!
Bonnie and I are really excited that Colt is here and we feel incredibly blessed to be able to come home to a bigger family every day!