Read Proverbs 17:14-19
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (v. 17).
People that are consistent in loving their friends and their God through adversity are made out of good metal. Following my father’s death in the Snow Belt area of western New York, my mother was left alone to take care of the home place. She was totally devoted to God, her family, church, and lost souls. One wintry Sunday morning, the car doors were frozen shut. There was no way to enter the front seat of the car. The back doors opened, but the locks froze so the doors would not stay closed securely. At nearly eighty years old, with love and determination, she walked through deep snow to the barn, found some clothes- line, and climbed into the back seat. She then took the clothesline and tied the two back doors securely shut. She then carefully crawled over the back of the seat and slipped up under the steering wheel of the car. She warmed up the car and drove to church. By the time she arrived at church all the locks had thawed. She joyfully opened the front door of the car, got out, and enjoyed a great Sunday school and worship service. Later she called me and shared with me that she was not too old to crawl over the back of the seat of the car so she would not miss church. (Walter Hedstrom)
Loyalty in adversity is still a priceless commodity!
This devotional is the Friday, November 20, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.