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"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19


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March 16, 2018:   

The Ultimate BFF
#expectations #healthyfriendships #ritamoritz

Proverbs 18:24b "…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

2 Kings 20:5 “... I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears.”

Any discussion of friends has to start with this basic truth about a friend or even several friends: they cannot always be there for us. That fact doesn’t make them bad friends; it only makes them human. Our pain, our grief, our losses can’t be at the top of our friends’ priority list because they have their own problems…just like all of us.

No matter how much they (or we) wish they could “suit up and show up” all the time or at exactly the right time, it isn’t always possible. There is only one friend, who can be there all the time, can care all the time, can take the time to listen any time, and can help us carry our burdens anytime. That friend is Jesus…the friend who really does “stick closer than a brother.”

When I was growing up, it was my younger sister rather than a brother who followed me everywhere, but the point remains the same. Dianne wanted to go everywhere I went and do everything I did. When I cut my hair a certain way, she had to have hers cut the same way. I was a tomboy and very athletic, but she was not. Nevertheless, she wanted to climb trees because I did.

Some days I couldn’t take a step forward or backward without tripping over her. The one and only time she skipped school was in early elementary. Why? She wanted to go to school with me instead. And she did! I couldn’t get away from her no matter how hard I tried! What drove me absolutely crazy back then is something I long for today.

That’s how close God is to us. If we are asleep, He’s there. When we are awake, He’s there. When we are rejoicing, He rejoices with us. When our hearts are broken, and there seems to be no end to our tears…Oh, He’s there! He sees every tear, and He records them “in His book” (Psalm 56:8).

God heard the prayer of Hezekiah and saw his tears, and we can be confident He hears our prayers and sees our tears as well. And He understands us as no one else can. Psalm 33:15 reminds us He fashioned our hearts, and He understands everything we do, even when we don’t understand it ourselves.

I know all that, of course, and so do you. I even know people can’t be those things to me or meet those needs. At least I know it most of the time. However, I still sometimes begin to have expectations about people in general and friends in particular. When I do, I’m bound to run into trouble.

When I find myself thinking my friends aren’t loyal or compassionate or assuming they don’t care, I have to ask myself whether I’m being reasonable. If they aren’t as consumed by my pain as I am, do I conclude they aren’t concerned about me or my problems? If I do, I’m being unfair because the crisis I’m facing may dominate my life, but my friends have their own lives…and their own crises or problems as well.

To expect the kind of support from another person that only God can give is to set ourselves up for disappointment. Next thing we know, we’re burning bridges, which don’t need to be burned. We would do better to realize our friends are probably doing the best they can do with what they have and to remind ourselves only God can be God.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, stopped expecting complete understanding and compassion from our friends and instead took our burdens to the One who can carry them for us?


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