An Unlikely Friendship
Sunday, October 14, 2007, an email arrived with a comment from my blog:
I have been fighting a spiritual battle continually since I was twelve. I watched this video and it restores me but I keep falling backwards from Christ. Thank You so much. Please pray that I will overcome this. –Fighting Teenager
My eyes blurred. I could feel the pain in this young life. I was also confused. How did this teenager land on a blog about unequally yoked marriages.
Several months ago I began posting a series on spiritual warfare. It was a verse study of Ephesians 6 with application to marriage. Early in the study my writing partner sent me a link to a video. The video is a dramatization of Jesus in the battle for our lives. It fit perfectly with the series on spiritual warfare. I posted it on my blog and titled it, Real Warfare. That was the third week in August.
I didn’t think much more about the post, however, I remember sending an email to a few friends with the link. This is where God took over. The email started to circulate. One friend sent it to another and so on and so forth. Today, it still is floating around in cyber space, going in and out of mailboxes, especially among our teens. They relate closely to the struggles depicted.
I am certain this is how Fighting Teenager landed on a mismatched marriage blog. I also know this child arrived here by God’s direction. I am compelled to pray for this kid and support his/her deliverance in any way possible.
What God has taught me through this encounter is what we post on our blog matters. What does NOT matter are the numbers of visitors or the number of comments. Sitemeter statistics are inconsequential. A post may be destined for only one person. God can and will use our posts, perhaps months or years later to bring hope and healing to a hurting life.
Don’t become discouraged in doing good. Keep on typing. Keep on praying. Keep on trusting. The following scripture has become a living treasure to me this week.
Galatians 6: 9-10 (The Message)
So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
While reading the email from Fighting Teen on Sunday, I knew God wanted my blog partner and me to come along side this child. This is an unlikely friendship, two older women who struggle in unequally yoked marriages and teenager who is alone and hurting. However, it is just like our God to place people together in such a manner. My blog partner and I do not have much experience with teens in crisis. We don’t know exactly how to help today. However God does and He will help all of us in the months ahead.
I wrote back to Fighting Teenager to ask how I could pray and to also inquire about his/her support system.
I was broken hearted to learn this teenager’s parents are unapproachable. In Fighting Teen’s words, “…..Now I find myself in secrecy. Please keep praying that God will deliver me.”
We are praying my friend and God is listening!
Please pray for Firghting Teenager today and thank you for any Godly advice. Be blessed!
I would love to visit with you over at my place: Spiritually Unequal Marriage.