Today I enjoyed watching my girls (2 are mine, 4 are nieces) learning how to paddle a canoe. I was awfully proud of how they took the time to learn together as a team to make the canoe go where they wanted it to go. As their laughter flowed over the lake, I was reminded of the scripture in Ecclesiastes 4.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor;
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
11 Again, if two lie down together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone?
12 And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Although we humans try to think we are strong enough to do things on our own, God in his wisdom realized we would need one another. Just as the girls learned to paddle the boat together in harmony, we need to learn to live life together in harmony. When we work against one another, we’ll just continue to go around and around in the same circle.
It isn’t until we put our different paddles together in the water, moving in unison, that we start to move forward on the water.
May I always remember to keep my paddle in unison with my brother.