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Two By Two

It's amazing to see God answer prayer in real time. Recently, though my wife was hesitant, we put our family vehicle (her car, really) up for sale. She liked that car. It was hers. Yet our mechanic, who is a friend and brother in Christ, wanted to get in us in to something that is easier and more cost effective to maintain. In the long run, it would save us (and him) money for repairs and maintenance. It was hard to let go. The car we bought isn't exactly like the car we replaced. There's several differences, and my wife and I both realized the need to let go and trust. On our own, my wife and I have issues discerning and trusting God's will in these matters; I'm glad He brought us together to take such steps of faith.

I'm glad I went through this experience with my friend, as well as with my wife. I've always bought from dealership, and was clueless as to buying and selling vehicles privately. What is more, his mechanical expertise, as well as towing and hauling (more on that in a sec) got me the 12 miles needed to get the car on to a trailer. You see, the transmission on the new one needed to be fixed. It "slipped" as the original owner put it. So my mechanic and I (I was in the car, with it in neutral), towed the vehicle via an improvised tow strap to where we needed to go. I was probably as nervous as I'd ever been, and prayed the entirety of the 12 miles we towed it, but I recognize it was an accomplishment I could not do alone. What is more, at the end of it all, more came and helped us get it to where it needed to be. When the transmission is fixed, we will have a car as good as (better) than what we left behind, bought and paid for, and fixed for less than we sold our original car for. Do you see God's providence here?

Why do I say all of this? Throughout God's word you see God calling people to His service, and, while some were called to walk alone (though I say that loosely, God is always with us, even in the Lion's den!), He showed His plan and design in the beginning when He said "It is not good [of God, emphasis mine] for man to be alone." Whether with my wife, with the elders of our church, or my friends He has put in my path, I am glad God thinks the same of me. In our walk with Christ, we hold one another up and keep one another accountable to His standards. There's a reason Jesus sent His disciples two by two, and still does to this day. Ecclesiastes 4:1-12 Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

Again, I saw vanity under the sun: one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy business.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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