Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; Matthew 11:11
It’s been quite a few years but the period of time where I felt I had zero friends still brings a bit of sadness. I was in the midst of mild depression, hormonal changes, medical issues and family changes. As I evaluated the relationships I had outside my family I realized I lacked any true friends. Many acquaintances, but no friends I could solidly rely upon. There’s many of us that have gone through or are currently in that lonely place. God, from the beginning, decided we shouldn’t be alone and when we are we feel that sense of incompleteness.
What I love about the quote from Jesus today is how He showed the world how much He loved and valued friendship. Imagine a friend elevating you to such heights! When my youngest daughter went off to college she discovered this type of friendship. I still remember the phone call when she told me she had finally realized what true, loving friendship means.
“When she introduces me she starts out saying what an amazing writer I am and how talented I am. She is so proud of me and excited to walk alongside me in life without jealousy or competition,” my daughter explained about her friend. Isn’t that the type of friendship we all need? Ones where we lift each other up and comfort each other when we are down? People who jump at the chance to help us and just live life with us?
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:10
I’ve come a long way from that sad time in my life. I turned to God and the Holy Spirit for help. I asked for good women to come into my life and they have. I’ve had to do a lot of work on my end – as God has revealed the reasons I was in that place to begin with. I needed to learn to be the friend I desired to have.
Let’s thank God for giving us the yearning for friendship. Let’s thank God for helping fill that yearning. And although we are never truly alone because of our fellowship with the Almighty, He wants us in Christian fellowship to guide us in our sanctification journey. Our first step is to ask Him to fulfill this need. And then we need to go to work.