In life, we all have memories on the highlight reel. Some of them are big blockbuster moments of victory, and others are just funny stories that you’ll never forget.
This is one of my favorites.
One Sunday morning, one of my best friends introduced me to his daughter’s new boyfriend. He said something like this. “James, meet Pastor Shawn. Pastor Shawn is a great friend. James, do you know the difference between a good friend and a great friend? A good friend will help you move. A great friend will help you move a body.”
The best part of that story was not just the look on that poor kid’s face but the fact that what my friend said was true. That man was like a brother to me. He cared and prayed for my family and me. When I ran into obstacles I couldn’t overcome, he supplied wisdom and resources to make the situation better and easier. And I did the same for him.
Simply put, he was there for me, and I was there for him.
If you’ve had a friend like this, you know how special they are and how impossible they are to replace. For some of you, reading that raised a warm, familiar feeling in your heart because you have (or had) a friend just like that. For others, reading that may sting a bit because loneliness or betrayal overwhelm you.
As I asked God what He wanted me to write this week, He simply answered back, “I am for you!” I wasn’t expecting that. So, I dove into Scripture and found this gem in Isaiah. Have you read this one lately?
“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10
In other words, God is for YOU. There is nothing that you could do that would ever stop Him from being for you, and there is nothing you could do that would make Him stop loving you. You are His favorite. You are the apple of His eye. His most valued treasure and He will protect you at all cost. In fact, He already did that on the cross.
When we know that when a trusted friend has our back, we feel that we can accomplish greatness. We know that we have a safety net if we fail and a cheerleading section to give us the push we need when we’re down and out. Having that kind of friend is amazing. Being that kind of friend is incredible. Knowing that we already have that friend in Christ is irreplaceable.
Whatever it is your are facing today please remember:
For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you. -God. (Jeremiah 29 11-13)
Now that is a great friend!
We will get through this together!
In His Service and at yours!