I’ve heard that more people leave mission aviation because of problems with other people than for any other reason. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it. Generally, the friction between my friends and me seems resolvable: there are godly ways to discuss, forgive, and move on. I am ok with agreeing to disagree. I don’t mind if they don’t like all my choices or I sometimes think they could have done better. All in all, when the problem is mine, I feel I have options on how to resolve it. The harder thing is when my friends have friction with one another.
You know, when one friend quits talking to another friend or shares how upset they are with another’s actions. When friends have issues with other friends. When people’s children struggle. Often I can see both sides of the story, though sometimes I would naturally side with one or the other. But what can I do about their friction? How do I handle their relationships with one another when I value my relationship with both of them?
I’ve had cause to ponder these things, and my pondering have led me back to prayer. Not the prayers we grind out because they’re smart to say, nor the prayers that we utter when we’re at the end of our rope, but the prayers of faith spoken as a powerful weapon, the weapon we believe best suited to the current situation. Often the prayers of faith come only with the passing of time and running out of other options first.
Prayers that come from a deep-seated faith that God wants to answer are always the best option. These prayers are rooted in the promises and commandments of God. It’s these kinds of prayers that change situations while changing us. And it is these kinds of prayers that I find most effective when praying for friends who are experiencing friction. So, while I often take the long way around or the winding path, I find that this is a place where I find resolution and comfort when friends are walking through friction with one another.
This has been my journey, where has yours taken you?