Friends. What would we do without them? It makes me sad to even think of the possibility of losing people I love and who I know love me. People who care about my welfare and make a difference in my life. But sometimes we do. And it hurts. Sometimes she walks away and I never know why. Sometimes she’s too busy or absorbed in her own life to have time for me. Sometimes one or the other of us had to move, but we are still friends forever because The Lord is the Lord of us both. And, sometimes, God calls her home to be with Him before I’m ready to let go.
And right there is where I get stuck. Nothing else comes to mind, because I get stuck thinking about my friend who went home to be with The Lord this week. About her sharp tongue and beautiful heart. About the intense way she loved others. About her teapots. She must have had a thousand of them! And about the roses. She grew little tea roses and, while they were blooming, she would bring me (and many others) one every week and say, “I love you.” I believe she showed up in heaven with a perfect rose in her hand, and an “I love You!” ready to give to the Rose of Sharon when she met Him face to face.
She was a friend of Jesus. And so am I. The song in my head as I woke up this morning was Friend of God by Phillips Craig & Dean. And wow, did it ever get my mind thinking about my friend, about friends in general and what it means to be a friend.
Who am I that You are mindful of me?
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me?
How You love me
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend
Jesus calls us His friends. It’s right there in John 15:15…”No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Jesus knows us, He loves us, He trusts us. And if we are Christians, true believers, we know Him. We love Him. We trust Him. He is always there when I call. He’s never too busy for me. He never moves away. He never walks away leaving me to wonder what happened. Friends. Forever.
I painted the featured image on paper and mailed it to my friend to cheer her up. I’m glad I did.