Friends are pretty awesome.
I love it when I haven’t seen a friend for months or even years and I can pick up where I left off without missing a beat. Even though our lives have been in different places, such a strong bond exists and the commitment to each other is so strong that things just pick right back up like the last time we saw each other was yesterday. There maybe a little bit of background needed to set some context of what’s going on in life, but the trust and the openness and the love for each other still exists.
It reminds of Jonathan and David
After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1
Sometimes that happens over tacos, sometimes that happens in a text message, sometimes a stop on a long trip and sometimes with a planned time together. Wherever and whenever it happens. And it’s incredible!
And then there are those friends that stick with you, no matter what is going on. Those friends are referenced in the Proverbs
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
…but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
I recently experienced a friend like this. And it’s a humbling experience. When you witness an example of the love of our Father right in front of you, you can’t help but be encouraged and be changed.
And isn’t that why we are all here?. To change? To continue to get better! To live in the shadow of the cross; forgiven and free from sin, struggling to be more like the Christ each and every day.
I hope that I will always be a friend that makes others better and sticks with them. How about you?