We are on our third day in Ibiza, it’s been fantastic so far. We are just back from a prayer walk at the beautiful Cala Conta watchtower right out at the end of the bay. You get a great view of San Antonio from there and a real sense of how small the town and resort are, surrounded by this beautiful bay and all this made by a creative God who loves all that he has made.
Last night was our second night on the streets, it was a bit mad really, but we had the privilege to talk to lots of people, pray with some, walk a few home, and help others in need. We prayed for connections with people… i.e. that we would meet people from similar places as us or from similar backgrounds. Zoe and I went out and literally around the corner from the centre the first person we bumped into was a bloke from Belfast who went to the same school Zoe and I had gone to, who was studying a similar subject at uni as Zoe’s and who had been at a recent funeral that a friend of mine had taken… A situation that had really got him thinking about life!
We were also praying for friendships last night. At one point we were with a group of friends, one of whom wasn’t feeling very well, it was great to see her friends rallying round her and making sure she was ok. We had a great chat with them.
On the other hand we witnessed two blokes, allegedly friends, physically fighting each other. One of situations that you hang back from till it calms, otherwise you might get accidentally caught. Some of the team were able to assist the chap who was in a worse condition after things had calmed.
The challenge of this situation is to think through what it means to be someone’s friend, to look out for them, care for them, be there for the bad as well as the good. It got me thinking of this scripture:
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity. (Proverbs 17:17 NIV)
There’s a challenge for us wherever we are on the faith journey.