Barbara Higby

Partners on our Path

Transitions, #4

tran·​si·​tion | noun | a passage, movement, or development from one state, place, or style to another

I love spending time away from people, quietly, reflectively, safely. Although that’s my natural tendency, I’m keenly aware that too much alone time is not healthy. It can leave me stifled, uninspired, and far too subjective. I need partners on this path of life—and so do you, regardless of your temperament’s tendencies. Thankfully, they’re available.

God is with us.

Always. This truth is substantiated by too many Bible verses to list. Whatever the venture, challenge, or trial, He is there. Psalm 139 assures us God knows when we sit and when we stand. He knows our thoughts and our words before we speak them. There is no place far enough or dark enough to hide us from Him.

The Holy Spirit lives in us,

revealing truth (John 16:13) and counseling us (John 14:16, 26). He does not hold back but is as active in our lives as we invite Him to be. When we ask for wisdom, He gives it.

Fellow Jesus-followers

will encourage us, pray for us, be present in good and bad times. Proverbs 27:17 wisely tell us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Sometimes that’s painful, but I want to be sharp, not dull.

Heavenly witnesses!

Yes! As strange as it sounds, those who have gone before us cheer us on and pray for us. (Heb. 12:1, below)


Lastly, although it’s not a person, I must include one more partner: Grace. Wherever we go, we find grace for the journey. When we waken, God’s love, compassion, and faithfulness await us (Lam. 3:22-23). Grace meets all our needs (Phil. 4:19).

Who will you partner with on life’s path?

I hope you will choose each one I mentioned and that your journey will be joy-filled, enlightening, productive, sharp, and attuned to grace.

  • “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut. 31:8
  • And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together…but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb. 10:24-25
  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus… Heb.12:1
  • Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Ps. 23:6a
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