You yourself have done this plenty of times, spoken words that clarify, encouraged those who were about to quit. Your words have put stumbling people on their feet, put fresh hope in people about to collapse. But now you're the one in trouble—you're hurting! Job 4:3-5 (MSG)
This past Sunday morning, a friend pulled me close and whispered in my ear. He was hurting in a big way. My heart broke. This friend has encouraged me often. He has put my stumbling legs on their feet with his words. He has, on multiple occasions, put fresh hope in my collapsing heart. But now, the tables were turned. He was the one coming to me with pain in his eyes.
"Are you shocked?" he asked.
"Yes," was my honest answer, "but not surprised."
I was shocked at the news because it was unexpected. I was, however, not surprised that my friend found himself in the midst of a life storm. All along this chapter-a-day journey through God's message is a recurring theme: rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. We are all human. The most spit polished life is not immune to the effect of human nature or unexplainable tragedy. If Job teaches us anything, it is this.
I pray I can taken the hope and encouragement my friend has so often invested in me, and return it – with interest.