“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NASB
Chances are that if you’ve ever seen a real lighthouse in person or in pictures, it was standing tall and strong but at the same time all alone [read, “Standing Alone“] in a location that was deemed critical to the safety of seafarers. But, have you ever come across two lighthouses standing together side by side? Pictured above are two light towers known as Les Feux du Palais (The Lights of the Palace). They signal the entrance to The Port of Le Palais in Belle-Ile (Beautiful Island), Brittany, France. Surprisingly enough, they are not the only lighthouses built close to each other. There are quite a number of “twin” or “companion” lighthouses throughout the world. The Navesink Twin Lights (pictured below) are located in my home state of New Jersey. And yes, they are quite impressive!
The Navesink Twin Lights – Highland, New Jersey
Thatcher Island Twin Lights – Thatcher Island, Massachusetts
Grassy Island Range Lights – Greenbay, Wisconsin
I can only imagine what a comforting relief it would be to see a brightly shining light at a distance while sailing aimlessly in a dark and stormy sea. Then I think of how much more exciting it would be to see not just one, but two gleaming beacons!
Even though God’s desire is for us to have an intimate and personal relationship with Him, He also encourages us to build and maintain similar relationships with other fellow believers (lighthouses). That’s because we were not meant to do this life alone. We were created to have fellowship/companionship with God and with His people.
As individuals, God has empowered us (through his Holy Spirit) to shine the light of His salvation, to pray, worship, grow spiritually, and live in obedience to His word. But He has also gifted us with something that can greatly complement, strengthen, and reinforce those disciplines. It is the gift of Spiritual Companionship.