The other day I found myself telling a good buddy something my Mom had told me many years before when I had been hurt by someone I'd considered a friend. I told them, "A friend is someone who is always there, regardless to how much time may go by, regardless to whether one or the other's feelings may have been hurt. You don't have to chase after a friend, or beg them for their friendship. It's always there".
There's a cute quote that I simply love as it truly sums things up. "Best friends are those who, when you show up at their door w/a dead body, at 2:00 am say nothing, grab a shovel & follow you".
Now don't misunderstand, we aren't speaking of literal dead bodies here, LOL no, we're speaking of the metaphorical type. The kind we all have, and the older we become the more we develop.
Now that I've grown older friendships have come and gone, and I realize the truth in my Mothers words. The bible even mentions this in,
24 Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.
True furiends and friends are someone who's always there, regardless to how much time has gone by, or what events may have taken place in each other's lives. We don't have to chase them, we don't have to beg them for their time. They're simply there when you need them. They seem to know instinctively when you need a kind word or simply a hug. They desire the best for you and want to be in your lives. You are a priority to them.
We all have that one friend who is always there wanting to help us with our dead bodies, and all the problems that go with that. All we have to do is simply call on His name and Jesus will be there in a heartbeat. Sure at times we all try to bury our dead bodies ourselves. I know Mom and I have. We get caught up in thinking these are our problems and by George we can fix them. Jesus says,
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
There's isn't a one of us who didn't depend on our parents to help us with all of our problems when we were small. When we get older we think we have to take care of our troubles ourselves. With Jesus in our lives that isn't the case anymore. We need to stop and remind ourselves of this. Jesus says,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jesus also says in ,
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
There is a beautiful example of the friendship we all long for and desire (which can't truly be found in the earthly realm) in Ruth.
But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you
I remember hearing Mom and a friend of hers saying, "God never once promises us life will be easy. What He does say is He will be with us through the hard times and He will help us get through them.
This has proven to be true in our lives here. God answered my folks prayers and some of my vision was restored. Mom and Dad prayed that Mom would feel better and get some of her life back after she developed Diabetes. He answered that prayer too.
It hasn't been an easy road. There have certainly been a few pot holes, and some detours along the way. We can say when we've showed up on Jesus's door step with our dead bodies He's grabbed a shovel and helped us with the work. No questions asked.
Love and Peace,
Molly and my Mom