God does the heavy lifting …

My friend Mark complained all day.

Even though he griped, I knew he really didn’t want to be anywhere else.

I was moving into a different place, and he was the one friend who showed up to help me lug all my stuff up to my second floor apartment.

Sure he groused through the carrying in of all the furniture. And he got louder, although more humorous, when it came time to carry all the heavy boxes of books up the stairs.

When we were done, we laughed about it together. He came and did the heavy lifting with me because he’s a real friend.

That’s what friends do. They show up and do the heavy lifting with you.

That fact came to mind as I read Isaiah 30:23a: “Then the Lord will bless you with rain at planting time …”

God walks with us through life, not only helping us with the heavy lifting, but doing only what He can do. What good is all the work of preparing the soil and planting without the rain?

But God has to bring the rain. No one else can.

Like two friends working together, God brings about the produce of our efforts in life. He grabs the heavy end and helps us achieve something that could be done only with His help.

He does that because He’s that kind of friend.

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends with God,” Romans 5:10-11.