I pressed the “end” button on my cellphone and then chuckled as I glanced down and saw how long the call had lasted: 3 hours and 2 minutes. I had been talking to two of my close friends through a three-way phone call and it seemed like only a matter of a few minutes had passed.
Every girl wants a “best friend.” Someone that will be there for them no matter what. Someone who they can talk to for hours and still feel as though there is more to be said. Someone to share in their joys and times of pain. Someone to make their world a better place.
Although I have been blessed with some truly wonderful friends that I consider to be best friends, they are only human, as am I. As kind as they are, they will let me down from time to time, and vice versa. There will be times that they will not be there to offer a listening ear, shoulder to cry on, or a smile of encouragement. Friendships in this life may come and go. Some will endure the test of time, and others will not.
I can remember times in my preteen years when I didn’t have many close friends that were my own age. Those were lonely times, but it was during those years that I learned to depend on Jesus like never before — I learned that He will never leave me or forsake me. Those were the years when I began to understand that He truly was the Best Friend that anyone could ever have. Now, several years later, I understand that God brought me through that loneliness to draw me closer to Him.
Maybe you are lonely, perhaps you feel friendless. Just remember that you do have a Friend, and one that loves you more than anyone on this earth ever could: Jesus. He is always available to talk to; He is always available to wrap His arms of love around You. He is a Friend that will stand the test of time.
There is an old hymn that many of you may know that describes the wonderful benefits of having Jesus as our friend. The lyrics touch my heart deeply because they carry such beautiful truths. What a Friend we have, indeed!
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!
– Joseph M. Scriven
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