I’ve always prized the idea of independent thought, the freedom to go after a dream, accomplish a goal, and thrive all by yourself. It has been an ideal for me to believe that if I really wanted to make something happen, I could set a plan, challenge myself and get there. I still believe that achieving anything takes a lot of individual effort, but I’m no longer convinced that it’s the best way or the only way. I can’t help thinking about what God may well have intended when He gave Adam a partner, a complement, someone to be there with him every step of the way.
Along with that thought, one reason I’ve always appreciated the Noah story was because ultimately, the truth held up that even Noah couldn’t accomplish every task on his own. He needed his wife, his children and each animal to come aboard two by two. There’s a strength in being two that just doesn’t exist when you go it alone. I love the Scripture that says,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep each other warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Eccl. 4:9-12
Though one can accomplish great things alone, two are a stronghold, a force to be reckoned with! As we look at what we each hope to create, to accomplish, to bring forward in love to those around us, it’s always good to realize that we aren’t in this dance of life alone and we don’t really want to be or need to be. We can be “two” at any moment we choose. Whether we have a spouse, a dear friend, a companion, or simply rely on the spirit of God to walk with us wherever we go, we’re not alone. We do have the option of going it alone, or we have the chance to embrace others and go two by two. The truth remains that we have the choice.
Today is a new day, a chance to look at those who support your life work, who strengthen your path and your steps and embrace them. Take them on the ark of your life with you and hold them close because they will be there through the rough waters and the calm seas. They will applaud you as you lead them forward, as you say your prayers and as you deliver on your promises. Who are they? They are the ones, the special ones that God put in your life to walk the way with you, to love you and bless your path.
Thanks to all of you who help me to know that I’m not here alone, who help me walk two by two, hand in hand to follow the paths ahead. As it says in Ecclesiastes, you hold me up, you keep me warm, and you protect my steps. With you and with God’s help, I always have a three-fold cord, not easily broken. Let’s keep going then, two by two, arm in arm to become all we were meant to be. If you need someone to walk with you today, I’m here!