A dear friend of mine joined me on a writing retreat a few weeks ago. We stole away to a lake house and wrote to our hearts’ content. The Lord gave us a special gift in the stillness of that peaceful lake home. We got to enjoy one another’s company . . . and His.
I cherish this particular friend. She is kind, devoted, and passionate about Jesus. Every time I am with her, I get encouraged in the Lord. What a blessing! Spending four days with her was truly a time of “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV).
When I have time with this friend, I am always reminded that she presents a picture of my very best friend, the “friend who sticks closer than a brother” . . . that’s Jesus (Proverbs 18:24, NIV). We are told in John 15:13, NIV, that “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That’s exactly what Jesus did. I realized after I left the lake house and dropped off my friend at her home, that I can cherish time with my Friend Jesus every moment of every day. Here’s how we can all do that:
Acknowledge His presence
We can stop periodically throughout the day and simply thank Jesus for being with us. He promised He would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and that He would be with us always, even until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He keeps His Word. We can trust Him in that and acknowledge His presence with us. Reminding ourselves of His presence brings greater comfort and intimacy to our daily lives.
Talk with Him and listen to Him
We have been given the gift of being able to confidently approach Jesus because of His sacrifice on our behalf (Hebrews 4:16). That means we can talk with Him and hear from Him as we go about our lives. He cares and responds (Hebrews 7:25). Whatever we are experiencing or feeling, we can talk with Him about it. He is our dearest friend and confidant.
At the same time, Jesus speaks to us. He speaks through His Word, in our hearts, in our circumstances, and when we interact with His people. He gives the perfect advice and instruction because He is the perfect friend. When we long for and seek to hear His voice, our relationship grows deeper still.
Invite Him into our experiences
Friends do things together. In the same way, we can invite Jesus into our daily experiences. We can welcome His presence and His friendship as we live out our lives. We can thank Him that whatever we do, we get to do it with Him. The disciples on the road to Emmaus walked with Jesus, talked with Jesus, and ate dinner with Him. They realized afterward that their hearts were burning because they had gone through the day with Jesus (Luke 24:32).
In the same way, we can cherish the time we have with Jesus every day. Whether we are at the lake, in our homes, at school, or in the office, our Best Friend is always there. We are blessed if we cultivate that friendship.
Question: What are some ways you intentionally cherish your friendship with the Lord? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King