“Are you okay to go if it rains?” My friend’s text pops up on my phone just before we’re supposed to go walking together.
I look outside. Dark clouds hover where it was clear just minutes before.
“Sure!” I text back.
Even though I don’t hesitate when I answer, I have to admit, if I wasn’t going with her, I might decide not to go. Instead, I might stay home or go to the gym where it’s warm and dry.
But we head out together, and the hour flies by.
We barely notice when the rain starts to fall.
Because what’s a little rain when you’re with friends?
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
It’s like that with our God-sized dreams, too.
Pursuing dreams comes with exhilaration and joy, but it also comes with challenges, uncertainty, and maybe even disappointment at times. And on those rainy days, having someone by our side matters.
When my husband’s job got transferred and we first moved to Idaho, I remember looking out my front window at a group of women who would go walking together some mornings. I watched them with longing, missing my friends in California. But days passed and friendships began, and pretty soon I was out there walking too. And things started to feel right again.
There’s just something about women coming alongside each other that makes life richer and more meaningful.
There’s something about friendship that makes even the bad weather days good.
So as you move forward to pursue your God-sized dream, if the rain falls or a storm hits or you encounter a pause or detour, remember you’re not in this alone. There are others beside you who want to share your journey.
And here’s the beautiful truth: We don’t have to be stoic and mask our hurts when things aren’t going the way we hoped. We don’t have to put up walls and put on smiles and act like everything is perfect when it’s not. We don’t have to compete with each other even if we have the same passion or goals, because our talents are different and our paths will be different and the outcome will be different because God will use each of us uniquely…and we are still in this together.
When we stand by each other–even when the clouds come and the winds blow–we can march forward arm in arm,
and not let the rain stop us.
What about you? Do you tend to retreat and isolate when you face challenges or setbacks, or do you reach out to your friends? Could fear or pride be keeping you from sharing your dreams with others or sharing what you are facing on your journey? Don’t miss out on the beauty that vulnerability can bring!
Shared by: Genny Heikka