The Timbers that Hold Us Up
Jef Skinner, Pastor, Gospel, Sparta WI
"...bearing with one another..." Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
Anechomail. It's a Greek word, and you really should know what it means. It means to bear with someone, to hold them up, to endure with them.
A few years ago I was out riding my motorcycle. I rode past a farm and an old multi-car garage, near the road, caught my eye. There were no doors on the building and it was barely standing. In fact, it was leaning quite substantially.
Inside one of the bays was what looked like a brand-new Ford pickup truck, pretty expensive. My first thought was, "I wouldn't park my truck in there!"
As I rode past and peeked back I noticed that there were a number of timbers that were wedged at an angle into the back wall of the building and into the ground below. That's all that was holding that building up. That's anechomai. Those timbers were bearing up that building.
That's what we need sometimes. We need others to be the timbers that hold us up, in part because there is a Treasure that dwells within us. Who is leaning and needs you to bear them up?
PRAYER: Dear Father, make us timbers that bear up the ones who are leaning. May we be anechomai to one another. When life hurts, rather than knocking one another down, may we bear with one another, encourage one another, and affirm one another. We may not look like much on the outside, but inside there's a Treasure. Amen.