“Besties for lyyfe!”
Who hasn’t heard a girl say this? 😉 More likely than not, we all have someone to call our best friend.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17, NKJV).
Who is your bestie? The one you share all your secrets, laughs and tears with?
I’m close to so many people, but I can think of a few who definitely fit in the “bestie” category for me.
When I’m upset, one of them is nearby. When I laugh, they laugh with me. I always have someone to make memories with and look back on good times.
Nineteen months ago I moved 1300 miles from my birth state, leaving all my friends and family behind.
It was then that longing set in. Longing for the Bible studies at my brother-in-law and sister’s house. Longing for ice cream and coffee dates with my best friend from birth. Longing for the company of a very special mentor I wouldn’t be seeing for…who-knew-how-long?
When it grew obvious not many people were willing to work at long-distance relationships, I finally called on the one Friend who’d been with me all along. I got back into reading His word, and my prayers grew more frequent.
Proverbs 18:24 says “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (NIV).
As I keep working to strengthen my long-distance relationships, I continue to learn more and more about the One who can never be separated by distance. His being may not be tangible—huggable—like earthly friends, but I know He will never leave me. Nothing can pull me away from Him.
“ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).
So, who’s your bestie? Will you let it be Jesus?
I don’t claim to have a perfect relationship with Him, and I’m definitely not scolding you if He’s been set on the shelf for a while. But I do encourage you to get to know the Christ who died for you. Experience His love and friendship first-hand.
Just know that, like any relationship, this one takes work.
Will you try?
In my next post, I’ll share some ways that have helped me draw closer to my Friend for life.