Remember when you were a kid, and best friends changed faster than the weather? It all depended on who had the latest toy or the coolest jacket, or was having the most fun birthday party. What about those friends who have stayed? Have your friendships been different throughout the years?
I have had several "best" friends through the course of my life. A few have remained. First and foremost, my husband is my very best friend. He is the one person whom I confide in, tell everything to, lean on in time of crisis, depend upon.
I also have several good friends who I love and lean on. One of them has been my closest female friend for years. We have been through so much together, that she's like a part of my soul. But, there are times in our lives when we are doing different things with different people, and we grow apart. I love her so very much, but I don't feel like I have anything in common with her right now, so sometimes it's hard to find things to say when we get the infrequent opportunity to talk. Thankfully, our friendship is of a bond that is beyond small talk and we get through these times.
Another great friend of mine I call "sister of my heart". We've said many times that we must have been separated at birth, because we are so much alike. I have even seen my beloved and faithful old puppy dog confuse us from a distance, though she figured it out pretty quickly. I love her so very much, but it's hard to talk to her right now, because they moved away not too long ago, and instead of being thrilled and glad I got to spend time with her (in a way), I still struggle with being sad that she's not here. I know, I'm working on it :), because I absolutely love to hear her voice when I can. I tend to write letters, so I can keep in touch and let her know how things are going with us, and let her know I love and miss her.
One of my closest friends I would actually say I inherited :). She's my sister, blood or not, the aunt to my children, and her family is ours. We each have a passel of kids, so we have lots of stories to share, and have had occasion to spend over an hour locked in conversation at McDonald's Playland while the kids ran around. We don't see each other all the time, but we enjoy when we do.
I've had other friends as well, several characters throughout the years (yes, you know you are characters). Friends from school, friends from college, friends I met in random places, friends from high school, friends from church and friends who I met through other friends...friends who were friends for a time, who I lost touch with. Friends who I've recently reconnected with, friends who I talk to from time to time, friends who have been there for ages, whether I get to spend a lot of time with them or not, friends I only see on Facebook, or met in MuMu Land, or CafeMom. I love all my friends, even if they are friends I don't really see anymore, but there is one friend who I need to spend time with before all others.
Did you know that there is one friend who sticks closer than a brother? Proverbs 18:24 tells us "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Who will be with you through anything and everything and love you no matter what? His name is Jesus.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Are you seeking the Kingdom of God today? He can and will be the best friend you've ever had. All you have to do is ask Him. Ask Him today!