Faithful Friend

I have the most wonderful friends! I have one incredible friend who’s been in my life for 32 years now! We met in the summer before starting grade 5, and we are still best of friends. Miraculously really! Why, you may ask? If you were to see us together, you would think we are so much alike! We are both about five foot nothing, tiny frames, brown hair, fun-loving, sporty…honestly, we are two little rays of sun-shines!

These traits describe our outwards appearances, but inside we are very different! I’m a very trusting, forgiving and naïve, yet very confident person. She, on the other hand, is guarded, can be a bit blaming by times, very sophisticated and knowledgeable, yet, at the same time is self-doubting. Really, we couldn’t be more different on the inside.

How did our relationship last over the test of time? I guess we worked well together. When I needed a reality alert, she was there to give it to me. When she needed some self-confidence, I was there to show her how terrific she really was! When we were in an argument over something silly…you know what teenagers can be like…I was usually the one who let the situation go and crawl back to her with an apology…I knew she never would.

That is how life goes with any relationship, but my relationship with her was different. It’s a give and take relationship…but we always had this inexplicable connection. Something that was greater than anything else I experienced…I just trusted her with my secrets, my weaknesses…my life!

Over these 32 years, we have been through an incredible amount of memories together. Our first crushes, our first broken hearts, our prom, graduation, university, death of loved ones, weddings, babies, marriage problems, children’s troubles and triumphs, and the list continues to grow. As time passes our trust in one another continues to grow and strengthen, and trust with my friend is something that has to be earned. I also know that if I ever broke her trust, I probably would never get it back. That is just the kind of person she is and I value that about her.

As I study Exodus, something jumped off the pages at me! Exodus 17:12, “When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down.” My bestie is just like Aaron and Hur…she is there for me when I tire, when I am about to give up…ready to hold me up while I finish my battle.

We worked together as a team for 32 years and counting…she knows what I need and I know what she needs. We might be opposite in many ways, but when you put us together we are an amazing team, just like Aaron and Moses, and God!

I also found it incredible that in this chapter Moses didn’t wait for God’s instructions on how to defeat the Amalekites, he just knew that if held up his staff over them God would be there to help him out. Months may pass, and I might not talk to my friend, but I know that as soon as I need her, she is there for me!

Do you have a friend like mine? That is there for you no matter the circumstance? Aren’t they priceless? Did you know that God can be that friend for you as well, only better? God will do the same for us as he did Moses? It’s whether or not you will trust that he will be there for you.

Growing up with my friend, and watching her trust issues, makes me realize that trust doesn’t come easy to everyone like it does to me. How can we trust something that we can’t see, might be even more of a struggle for these kind of individuals, but as it says multiple times in the bible that we have to trust in God and his word. My favorite of these trust verses would have to be, Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water.”
Once we form a solid relationship with God, your trust in him will grow and strengthen and the best part is, you don’t have to earn God’s trust, it is free for the taking! Even if you break his trust, he will forgive you and continue to be your friend. You just have to believe!