While trying to decide the topic for this week’s Wisdom Wednesday, I was reminded of a dream I’d had. Although I have heard many people say they have had dreams in which their teeth fell out or broke, I’d never had that dream until three nights ago. I was still trying to decide between two topics when I found out that someone hyper-extended his foot this evening. Broken teeth, foot out of joint? I couldn’t ignore the ‘signs’.
“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.” —Proverbs 25:19
Have you ever been surprised to find out who your real friends are during times of trouble? Although I try to be a good friend even during times of difficulty and need, I’m sure I have disappointed the expectations of family and friends at one time or another.
“In times of difficulty, friendship is on trial.” —Greek proverb
“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” —Cicero
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” —J.R.R. Tolkien
“He that trusts a faithless friend has a good witness against him.” —Spanish proverb
“He’s my friend that speaks well of me behind my back.” —Thomas Fuller
Have you ever been surprised by the faithfulness or generous support of those far away as opposed to those who are close?
“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.” —Kahlil Gibran
“We are attractive and winsome when in Christ’s name we ask questions and truly listen, when we share the suffering of another, and when we risk everything to be authentic.” —Denis Haack, Founder and Director of Ransom Fellowship
“The genuine friend, who is affected with the joys and sorrows of another, is a medicinal cordial, the sanctuary of the heart, the delight of the eyes, and worthy of confidence.” —Hindu proverb
“And, sometimes love looks like inaction when you’re really choosing not to enable.” —Jennifer, blogger in Rucksack Full O’Rocks
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