I planted myself at a friends home the other day, unwilling to leave. Because she was looking at me like it was all going to be okay, and I was in desperate need of someone to look at me like it was all going to be okay.
To stare at me with that intense belief in the goodness and faithfulness of God. To penetrate my soul with eyes that confidently believed in a better outcome than I could currently see.
The perspective of others is so necessary, isn’t it?
Someone who sees what you don’t?
Or what you can’t.
I sat with a dear friend the other day who believed, contrary to all that was going on, contrary to the way it all feels, that it will be okay. That I will be okay.
So I sat there. Not wanting to leave the presence of someone who was believing in the Lord’s goodness and mercy on my behalf.
A day or two later I sat with wise counsel, who extended empathy for where I’m at and spoke truth and perspective in the situation. Truth and perspective that I didn’t have.
I feel like I’m standing smack dab in the middle of a hurricane or tornado or some sort of natural disaster. But she saw tiny cyclones spinning off of me – natural disasters that others have created were taking along with them. And the Lord was creating space around me so He could swoop in and love on me. It wasn’t my storm, I was on the tail end of messes others had made and the Lord was making room for Him and me to work it out and heal.
So I sat with her for a while, soaking in the perspective that my pain was blinding me from.
It’s a big thing – the iron that sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), the cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1), the friend that is closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24), the people that spur us on toward love (Hebrews 10:24). I don’t know how we’d survive life without them.
The people that believe on our behalf. That rejoice when we rejoice and mourn when we mourn. The people who loan us their faith when we are running low. The people who bear witness to faith. The people spur us on, and encourage us to keep going.
The people who look at us with eyes that are steadily reassuring us that it will all be okay.
Because their eyes are firmly fixed on The One who makes it all okay.