When I was a sixth grader, my friends and I had the bright idea to stick forks in the shoelaces of our tennis shoes and act like we were kicking each other.  Probably not the smartest day of my life, to be sure!

My friend, Marlon, didn’t believe the part about “pretending” so when I kicked at him under the lunch table, he reached his hand out to block the kick.  That didn’t work out so well.  When Marlon pulled his hand up from under the table, he had a fork buried deep into his hand beside his thumb.  I guess you could say, “He had a fork stuck in him so he was done?”   I know.  Bad joke.

(For some reason, I couldn’t find a pic with a fork in a hand.)

We were horrified as he went over to the teacher’s table, displaying the bloody hand with the fork sticking out of it.  A couple of teachers turned green.  I don’t think any of them wanted to finish their lasagne.    It wasn’t a good day

On the ambulance ride to the hospital, Marlon heard over the radio that there had been a stabbing at Lakeview Elementary School.  I guess that would make me the “stabber.”  It wasn’t a good day.

Marlon recovered and I didn’t have to go to kid jail as he and the other friends involved testified to the principal that it was just a stabbing among friends.  No big deal.  Marlon’s mom wasn’t real happy but she came to love me as time went by.  (Later when I met her, Marlon told her that my name was “Cecil”.  After many months went by of going to their house, after she liked me, Marlon told her that I was really “Eddie,” the stabber-guy.)  Btw, Marlon and I are still friends to this day.  He just got on Facebook, which is what inspired me to write about that dreadful day.  We became even better friends through the adversity.

Anyway, Proverbs 17:17 says:”

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Friends are like that.  I remember when 911 happened.  Everyone in the World Trade Center Towers was running out of the building and down the street.  You saw it on the news.  Everyone that is, except the brave firefighters & policemen.  They were running INTO the towers.

That’s what a real friend will do.  He will run to your house when everyone else is running away.  He will stick by you when it really doesn’t make sense to stick by you.

I don’t know if you have any friends like that, but when you have adversity, that’s when you know for sure.  Sometimes, it’s those friends that you really didn’t expect to be there but they were.  Sometimes those that you expected to be there, weren’t there.

As Christ-followers, that’s the kind of friend we’re supposed to be too.  We’re supposed to be there for each other in adversity.  Jesus was there for us in our adversity of sin.  Go be like Jesus.

Have you been surprised by who has been there for you during adversity?