March 3, 1989 Bill Withers released a song that I loved to listen to and we sang it quite often too, the song was, “Lean on Me”. Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, We all have sorrow, But if we are wise We know that there’s always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on For it won’t be long till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on. We know that to the Christian the “friend” we can lean on is Jesus, and we sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus”.
We all need someone to lean on at times, someone to help us through a tough time and since there are times when a person is hurting they cannot “feel” Jesus and don’t have the faith to know He is there whether or not you can feel Him. We need to become someone strong so those people can lean on us, while we lean on Him.
I read something about “leaning” and I want to share it with you, I don’t know who to give credit for writing it but I love it and appreciate whoever it was, it makes a great point: There was an old deacon who always prayed ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side. After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. He answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it’s like this, I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years. It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall. Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times. Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”
When you read and follow Jesus’ life in the New Testament, you find that in His hour of need His disciples all ran away and God turned His back on the sin Jesus was bearing for us, and in that hour He was totally alone. I am so glad that He did that for me, oh how He loves you and me!
Are you helping anyone to “prop up their leaning side?”