You can trust what your friend says, even when it hurts.
Proverbs 27:6 (ERV)
Sue’s Note: While I thought I’d already completed this series, today’s post will be the final in a series I entitled, ‘Grace Speaks…’ I hope they’ve blessed you and encouraged you to consider God’s grace in every aspect of your life.
A little over a year ago, I reconnected with three high school classmates. It’s been a joy getting to know the now mature, lovely women.
I’ve admired most about them is the enduring nature of their friendship. Forged as adolescent teenagers, the three remain “besties” more than 50 years later. They enjoy lighthearted moments. They celebrate one another’s gifts and accomplishments. They have encouraged one another personally and professionally and have been there in seasons of deep sadness and bitter disappointment.
A bond of reliance has developed among these women. I imagine even when one says something that may sting a bit, because of the foundation of trust that has been laid, the women are willing to listen and consider one another’s counsel.
In a recent Ann Voskamp blog, I read a guest post from Alli Worthington, who suggested we find a “Battle Buddy,” explaining, “A battle buddy is someone who supports you and looks out for you in and out of battle.”
She asks, “Don’t we all need a couple of great battle buddies on our journey with us?” and illustrates with a well-known proverb:
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) Just as a blacksmith will use metal on metal to form it for its intended purpose, God will use certain people in our lives to sharpen and mold us into who he is making us to be.”
Alli concludes with some excellent advice: “Identify your battle buddies who…are there for you when life looks more like a battlefield than we’d like.”
I believe God wired humans for relationship, and therefore, cares about our friendships. I recall three distinct times when I felt deep desire for friendship and asked God to give me a friend. Each time, my prayer was answered. There’s something extra special about the gracious gift of a friendship you know God chose especially for you.
Do you need a friend? I believe there’s at least one person reading this post who’s nodding her head, perhaps with stinging tears ready to trickle down her cheeks. For you I pray:
I know I can only write words. You know the heart of each person reading those words. You know how each is feeling and what special need exists. I pray you will satisfy the longing and lead this reader to a special friend who is understanding, trustworthy and loving—even as you are.
Thank you, Lord, for your never-ending friendship!
Blessings on your journey, my friend…