Verse of the Day


"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."

~Proverbs 27:17


Today's Devotional Thought

March 11, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Divine Friendship

One of the things women often express to us is the desire for a good friend. You know, that one true friend who is there for you through all sorts of seasons, who prays for you, who you can have fun with and be silly with, who you can grow in Jesus with, and who you can be yourself in front of and know you are still loved.

That one friend who loves at all times and who is committed and invested.

When we look through the Bible, we see examples of that type of friendship.

David & Jonathan.

Ruth & Naomi.

Paul & Barnabas.

Friendships that were true and loyal and committed. "That's what I want," we hear women say often.

So how do you get that type of friendship?

About four years ago, God gave me that type of friendship. And I didn't do anything at all to "get it." God gave it to me.

I know we have shared this story before, but I want to share it again this morning to encourage you that God is in control of all things, even your relationships and friendships. On a random Wednesday evening four years ago, Wendy needed to talk to someone about something going on at the time. She wasn't sure who could be trusted with what she wanted to talk about, but she really needed someone.

So she prayed.

And God led her to talk to me.

We were what I would call casual friends at the time. We were in the same small group and we enjoyed each other's company immensely, but we weren't what you would call BFFs. But God had plans to change that!

When she prayed about who to talk to, she was a little hesitant to follow God's prodding to talk to me. I led a busy life as a college professor and we didn't appear on the surface to be headed toward BFF-dom.

But she listened to God and obeyed him {one of the many things I love about her!}.

She pulled me out of choir on a random Wednesday night and talked to me. Just like God recommended.

And we talked.

And talked.

And talked.

And we haven't stopped talking.

What began that night was the richest, most God-centered friendship that I have ever experienced in my entire life. Like David & Jonathan, Ruth & Naomi, or Paul & Barnabas. A friendship full of encouragement, investment, accountability, and love. A friendship that was entirely created and developed by the Lord. And the best friendship of my life.

When women ask us how to find that type of friendship, my answer is always simple: God.

Pray.

Listen.

And then approach that person who God leads you to.

Even if it doesn't make sense who God leads you to, walk towards that person and begin to cultivate a friendship. Ask them to talk. To get a cup of coffee. To go to a Bible Study with you. Just take that first step towards what God has for you.

Friends, I have found in my life that the best friendships, jobs, churches, and many other things are the ones that you have prayed about and let God lead you to. Even when you are confused by the person or place that God leads you to, just follow him. I promise you it will be best for you. And you will be in awe of what God has done.

I am.

And so very blessed.


Memorize this verse today:

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."
~Proverbs 27:17



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