“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller
Several times, Cay and I have been inspired by two young ladies who jog side-by-side along the trail that we walk most mornings. They are not unlike the hundreds of others we frequently pass along the way, except for one significant difference. They both hold a small loop of purple ribbon, and one wears a bright orange vest that says, BLIND.
The two ladies run together, with the sighted jogger instructing the other about obstacles in the pathway and dangers on the road ahead. I admire both for their courage, fortitude, commitment, and friendship.
Wisdom literature reminds us of the value of friendship and our need for others along life’s path. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
We often hear these verses at weddings, but they were intended for a broader application. We all have blind spots. And we all need friends who will run alongside and warn us of dangers ahead, encourage us on, and provide companionship for the road ahead.
Refueling in Flight