“Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.” – Proverbs 27:17
Some people have a wide circle of friends that they see on a regular basis. Some have a few friends that they rarely see, but when they do, pick up on the events of each others lives as if no time has passed.
And then there are the special friendships. The best friends. It can be someone you’ve known since kindergarten. It could be a sibling. It could be an online friend that you’ve never met in real life, with whom you share such an amazing connection that you can finish each other’s sentences.
But what about the best best friend? The one friendship that transcends all others?
The friend who never lets you down. Who is ALWAYS there. Who loves you – really loves you – no matter what. A friend who would die for you.
You’re probably thinking, yeah, I have a friend like that. My dog is pretty awesome.
Try switching those letters around a bit.
The one friend – everyone’s best friend, is none other than God. He is there for us, no matter what. He loves us even when we hate Him. He invites us to come to His house, whenever we want. When we sincerely pray to him, He hears us. And to top it all off, He died for us.
All of us.
Now, I will admit that sometimes just knowing that God is there for me isn’t enough. When I’m going through a rough time in my life, sometimes I could use a hug, a smile, an encouraging word beyond His words in the Bible.
That’s why God gives us friends here on Earth. To comfort us when we’re down. To rejoice with us when we’re happy. To be His physical presence in our lives, until we meet him in Heaven someday. And the really special friends bring us closer to God than we could ever get on our own. Their “hearty counsel” is truly the best gift of all, and the proof of His presence in our lives through them.
So, to all of the friends in my life, whether you’re near or far, acquaintances or the best of friends, know that I treasure each and every one of you for what you bring into my life. And may God bless you with abundant love, mercy, and grace.
And most importantly, friendship.