Friends With Tow Ropes

January 16, 2019 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Life Topics

I’ve been over some pretty rugged terrain on life’s road recently. At times it seemed like there were more potholes than pavement on my road. Some of those potholes felt like gigantic craters and I found myself stuck in them, unable to move forward. It’s a good thing I have friends who show up when I need them; tow ropes at the ready.
During one low spot not long ago, I talked to one of those friends on the phone. She lives in another state, and we hadn’t really enjoyed a good heart-to-heart in a long time. I grabbed a cup of coffee on my end of the phone, found a comfy chair in my living room, and settled in for a long talk. Poor lady, she had no idea what she was letting herself in for when she innocently asked, “So, how are you doing?” Well, I told her. I unloaded!

She listened to my complaints, and offered some good advice. Before we ended our call, she prayed with me. I hung up feeling a little brighter. Then a few days later, I received a gift in the mail from my friend. When I opened the package, I was moved to tears – not because of the content, but because my friend took the time to send it. It was a towrope – and it pulled me right out of a really deep pothole.

We are the body of Christ. We hug with His arms, we comfort with His words, and we love with His love. So if you see someone stuck in a pothole today, grab your towrope and lend a hand.

PRAYER: Lord, the next time I see someone struggling, let me extend Your helping hand.

“He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock
and gave me secure footing,” Psalm 40:2 NET.

Today’s devotion is by Virginia Smith, the author of a dozen novels including Stuck in the Middle, which was a finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Her newest book is Third Time’s a Charm, the satisfying conclusion to the Sister-to-Sister Series. Learn more about Ginny and her books at

About Virginia Smith

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2 Responses to “Friends With Tow Ropes”
  1. Norma Vera says:

    Well written Virginia. I just loved it. Great truth wrapped-up in the simplicity of everyday live. Not preachy,or super-spiritual, or wonderwoman type. Just real and simple and a blessing. Thanks Norma Vera

  2. Thank you, Norma. I’m glad this devotional spoke to you.

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