At one of the lowest points of Joseph Smith’s life, he prayed for relief. Imprisoned, lonely, cold, and starving, he wanted deliverance. But it was slow in coming, and the Lord told him “Thy friends do stand by thee…Thou are not yet as Job…”
This phrase came to my mind today as I was sharing some of my weekend events with some friends, who applauded my ability to forgive, but remained fiercely protective. To the point of offering their posse services.
I thought of it again when a friend asked me to pray for her family, and I thought of how my friends’ prayers carried me through this past month. None of us go to the same church, yet elements of our faith are universal–such as knowing the power of prayer.
And tonight, I get to spend some time with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, catching up on her life, picking up where we left off, like it hasn’t been forever since we last talked.
These are just today’s examples of how, even though I’ve been sad** the past month, I am not yet as Job. I could go on and on about my amazing friends.
My friends still stand by me. I am not yet as Job, and for that I am grateful.
**At lunch today, My friend Nikki said she could see in my eyes that I’m happier than I’ve been in a month. I feel happier. I’m better.