“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 (NIV)
Discouragement dropped over me like a lead blanket. I was frustrated with work challenges, and weary from health issues. I grabbed my phone and punched in the number for a friend. No answer. I tried my hubby at work, but he was in a meeting. I scrolled through my contacts and realized most were not available. I ached for the comfort that a good chat and a bit of fellowship could bring.
Next, I went to my emails and reached out to a few friends. No one was online at the moment, so there was no immediate response. A wave of loneliness added to my low spirits.
“Lord, please send me a friend today. I need that connection so desperately,” I prayed.
The quiet voice of Jesus spoke to my heart, “I’m here.”
I closed my emails and sank back in my chair. Once again, my reflexes had sent me grasping for human comfort and forgetting the open invitation of my Savior. God designed us to thrive in community, yet there are times I’ve chased after the blessings of community in a way that almost makes that an idol. Like the old hymn, I want to remember, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and turn to Him first.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for offering constant and unconditional friendship. Walk with us today, and fill the lonely places in our hearts. Amen.
Sharon Hinck writes “stories for the hero in all of us” – uplifting and entertaining novels about ordinary people called to extraordinary challenges. She’s won several Carol awards for both contemporary Christian fiction and fantasy, and was a Christy Awards finalist for The Restorer – a genre-blending adventure of a soccer-mom in an alternate world. When she isn’t wrestling with words, Sharon enjoys speaking to conferences, retreats, and church groups. She and her family make their home in the Midwest.