The sweetness of a friend
The monthly gathering of this small group of friends met last night, some in person, others on Zoom. But we were together, and that’s what was important, as it has been for several years now.
Each time is significant, but last night sparked the hope I needed in this time of separation and loss. Has a conversation with a friend ever done that for you?
Over the past few months, vulnerability has been on my mind a lot. I’ll be honest, even in the midst of people I’ve come to love and trust, I had to dig a little deeper for the courage to share my disappointment.
I had lost hope in a dream I’ve pursued for many years now. I admitted to my friends that I believed it was over. Time to close the door on this one.
Perhaps you’ve had the kind of dream or goal you believe is from the Lord. And as it inspired you, it also provided perspective to the other more trivial events of your life.
My kindhearted friends reacted strongly to my announcement. In fact, they spoke in one united voice, “NO, it is not over!” During the next minutes we brainstormed together how my dream could endure with a revised picture.
And my hope returned.
My encouragement to you today is simple: be vulnerable with a trusted friend, and then listen with an open heart.
"Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from her earnest counsel."
Is your darkness caused by a lost hope today? Time alone with the Lord can usher in honesty, our first step toward hope. I pray He will also give you courage to share it, experiencing the oil and perfume of a friend’s counsel.
Thank you for sharing this faith journey with me. I deeply appreciate your patience as I share the ups and downs of life, knowing we have a loving God who walks every step with us.