Isaiah 40:31 reads, Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
I recently heard a sermon about sticking together. This particular message stuck with me because of the theme for this issue, Molding Your Circle. Initially, Molding Your Circle was supposed to be lessons that pertained to the removal of certain people from your life; certain individuals who could threaten your progression. Within each article and in my own message this month’s theme pertains more to the value of the current people in your circle and how you should value and appreciate them. Without them you may not be where you are today or at the least may have had more tribulations on your journey.
I’m sure you’ve looked up and have seen birds flying in a flock or even a v-shape formation. Have you ever wondered why birds fly together? While together they help each other fight the resistance of the wind by formatting in such a way where each bird flies slightly ahead of the other. I use this analogy today in representing how God has placed certain people in our lives to fly around us and how they help us through our journey. Flying directly behind me may be a friend who is there to boost me up. God uses this person to remind me how strong I am in the times that I don’t feel like flying; when I’m tired and the wind is blowing forcefully trying to knock me down. This person says, I’m right behind you, you’ve got this, no weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17), and you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Then on my both of my sides, God places friends to fly close to me. Proverbs 27:10 reads, Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. Friendship involves shared time and space. These relationships are with individuals who encourage me daily and they celebrate me. I place my trust and confidence in them. Proverbs 27:17 reads, As iron, sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Your relationships with others influence your character. You sharpen one another’s minds, grace, your gifts, and good works.
I am thankful for the relationships that I have. I know together we are gathered to keep each other moving forward to do great things. I believe and urge you to continue to surround yourself with positive, uplifting, people in your life. These people are God sent and will help you when you fall and celebrate you when you win. Together you all will soar.