Today, I want y’all to imagine you have a friend.
You’ve had this person in your life for forever it seems; they are a given. A constant in your life. You can hardly remember a time when they weren’t there for you.
This person is amazing – you can pick up the phone and call whenever you need something, and you know that they will pick up, and most likely help you right away. They listen quietly, are full of wisdom when asked, and are just exuding love and care for you. They never ask anything for themselves, and you can spill your guts to them for hours on end without them even speaking a word about themselves, just offering a good old hug at the end of your tirade.
You don’t talk often to this friend. In fact, now, you really only call when something is wrong. You hardly spend time with them – as a matter of fact, there’s usually something going on that seems so much better than spending time with them.
You never ask what you can do for them, or how they are doing. You never go out of your way to help them or serve their needs.
This friend never remembers all of these slights, and really only seems to see you as the best you…they light up and celebrate when you do call, and it seems like their whole world centers on you. They give the absolute best gifts, regardless of the fact that you haven’t given them anything in years, and when you did remember, it was a leftover gift from your re-gifting pile as you ran out the door on the way to their party.
If you’re singing “What a Friend we Have in Jesus” right now, then you’re right on track with my thoughts for today!
Our best and truest friend is Jesus, and we have the WORST relationship with Him!! We only call on Him when something is not looking good, we never put ourselves out there for Him, we never ask what we can do for Him, or what He thinks about anything. We move on to other more entertaining things when given the chance to spend time with Him or to do anything else.
Why do we forfeit deepening the most meaningful relationship in our lives? I don’t know about you, but no other friend of mine has died for me so that I can have eternal life in heaven, forgotten all of my sins, and loves to do amazing things for me just because! Why do I not want to spend time with this person ?! Its crazy!
I was having some “life moments” these past two weeks, when everything seemed to just be piling up, and I was getting down, grumpy, unmotivated and just plain blah. But then I started talking, and I mean REALLY talking to Jesus about it all, and it is so amazing that even though nothing in my earthly circumstances has changed, it is all different now that I have spent that time with my best friend, getting it all back in perspective – I have a peace from just being in the presence of God, a reminder that the end of my story is written already, and that my hope is sure. That all of the “life” moments that happen along the way are just means to draw me closer to the best friend I will ever have – one who comforts, saves, provides, loves, and promises good things. We all have that best earthly friend that makes you feel better as soon as you call – well, let Jesus be that unfailing friend for you if you haven’t already; if you don’t know how, please ask! It will be the best question you ever, ever ask. He gives such lasting peace, its indescribably wonderful!
Super short and sweet post today, but just leaving you with the thought that you get out of a relationship what you put into it. So many people “try” God and after two weeks say he doesn’t “work”– their life isn’t all perfect, they are still stressed and anxious and they still have “life” moments rolling over them steadily.
Well. Have you tried talking to God every day, not just about the things you need Him to do for you? Have you asked what YOU can do for HIM? Have you taken the time to truly thank Him for all of the amazing things that you do have from Him? Have you been deep in His word, asking Him to teach you and change you by His power? Being in relationship with God is truly transformative, from the inside out , if you let it.
What a friend we have in Jesus.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:7