Think about your very best friend ever.
Is that the first person you want to call when you are having a horrible day? Does she get so excited for you when you call to tell her your greatest news? Can you sit together in quiet, with no words necessary, and still be communicating?
That's how it is with me and my best friend. Yet I know I can always count on my best friend to love me unconditionally, cry with me, laugh until we are blue, sit quietly with me and be there for me. That's (part of) what makes up my best friend.
I was thinking on this in regards to my prayer journey these past few days. Ultimately, as cliche as it may sound to some, God should be my best friend.
He should be the first one I talk to when I am having a bad day….He understands it more than anyone. Even to a point of being beaten, judged, mocked and put cruelly on a cross…for me. He holds every tear I've cried even.
He rejoices with me when I rejoice. He gets excited with every victory I have!
He asks me to come sit quietly before Him. There are times no words are necessary because He knows my heart better than I do even. And when I am still enough, He can speak love into the depths of my heart when I allow Him.
But it is my choice whether I allow this to take place.
Having a best friend is a great gift from the Lord. He knows I need one, that's for sure, especially as people oriented as I am.
But ultimately, there are times when a person cannot be available. No one person is available all the time.
But God is. He is ready to listen any time. He wants me to come to Him.
I heard it said this weekend (once again, in our church sermon….I'm pretty sure the Lord is making a point in my life with this prayer journey) that we often times become like those we are around, those with whom we spend the most time. This can reflect beautifully or it can reflect ugly….it depends in part with whom we are spending our time. That being said, the more time I spend talking with Jesus, the more I can become like Him. It's a beautiful picture.
Having a best friend is a great gift. Allowing Jesus to be my best friend is the best gift. It's not always easy, since He is not face to face with me physically, but the results are joyful.
I strive to choose this one day at a time. One prayer at a time.