Few things warm the heart like the love of a friend.
This night light was a christmas gift from one of my oldest and dearest friends. Though the figures are equipped with all the trappings to combat winter’s chill, scarves, hats, and mittens aren’t enough. They huddle together in the warmth of friendship to weather the storm.
Notice the light shining through the stars around their hearts? Friendship is one way we radiate the warmth of God’s Light to others.
A true friend cheers with us over our victories, laughs with us through our goofiness, cries with us, shares crazy adventures with us, offers an honesty that helps us grow, and makes us smile when we are in pain. When we feel we can sink no farther, a true friend scrapes us up off the floor and gives us the push we need to keep going.
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 218 (NKJV)
God created us for friendship – friendship with Himself.
After He breathed life into the first man, Adam, God would show up at the home He’d given Adam and just hang out with him. They would walk in the garden together, chat, and just enjoy each other’s company.
Then, Adam chose to believe the lies and gossip of the devil, rather than the good advice of his BFF. As with any human friendship when that sort of thing happens, a wedge was driven between Adam and God. It didn’t just ruin Adam’s friendship with God, though. It ruined everyone’s.
But, being the truest of friends, God made sacrifice after sacrifice to patch thing up. Even though, He was not the one at fault. Finally, He made the ultimate gesture of loyalty a friend can make.
The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. John 15:13 (NCV)
But, as in any friendship, one friend’s actions to repair the damage aren’t enough. The other must accept the gesture and again embrace that friend. If the relationship is to survive the breech, both must put the things which caused it behind them.
God has done that. If we accept his friendship again, He forgives us and NEVER thinks of it again. Can we do the same? It’s harder, I think, to forgive ourselves.
God didn’t stop at giving us Himself as our BFF. He blesses us with many people who carry His Light into our lives. Friendships forged by His divine connection are not dimmed by time apart, miles of separation, age difference, or background.
I praise God for the friends He has given me. With relationships built on mutual love of God, I know I will never truly be alone.