My mom has one of those daily devotion calendars hanging above our kitchen sink. Each day’s devotion is short and concise, usually just a short Bible verse or an encouraging quote. Every morning I pass by and read what it has to say, and some days, the message sticks deeper in my heart than others. This was one of those days.
“Our best relationships on earth are poor reflections of what our friendship with God can be. No one knows us better, loves us more, or wants greater things for us than He does.” | Anonymous
I love thinking about this. Consider your best friendship with someone. Perhaps your memory is taking you back to the best conversation you two have ever had, or your favorite memory shared with this person. Surely you two have had some pretty wonderful times together! But just to think – this is just a POOR reflection of the kind of friendship you can have with God! He certainly knows us better – in fact, He’s known us all of our lives! He definitely loves us most – He gave up His most precious possession in order to save us from eternal death. And as far as greater things go… He LITERALLY has a future planned for us that is beyond anything that we are even capable of imagining while we are here on earth.
As amazing as our friends may be, we would be stretching the truth a bit to say that we haven’t been let down by them a time or two before… But no matter how amazing our BFFs are, this shouldn’t surprise us. Why? Because we’re HUMAN. And most importantly, we’re sinful! Of course we aren’t capable of carrying out perfect friendships on our own – we were never supposed to! But God has been perfect since the beginning of time. And His friendship is the kind that will make all the difference in your life.
I’m not saying there won’t be days you won’t be upset with Him. I’m not saying that there won’t be days you don’t feel like talking to Him, and there will CERTAINLY be days that go by without you saying a word to Him at all. But just like in every friendship, it takes effort. It takes care. It takes genuinely getting to know the recipient of your affection. Most importantly, it takes time. So don’t stress if you don’t get to know every detail about God immediately – take it easy! Start out small, read a few Bible verses a day and REALLY reflect on them. Take a few minutes out of your drive to school and talk to Him. If you’re intentional and purposeful in pursuing a friendship with God, over time it will just continue to grow into the best friendship you could possibly have.
I’m in the process of doing so now. I know that God used the little devotion above my kitchen sink as a way to reach out to me that day. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy, and there are times I still feel too crummy about myself to even come before God. However, I can honestly say I’ve felt the gentleness of God helping me as I give it my best shot each day. I’m ready to invest all that I have into a true, deep friendship with the God who created me… Are you?
I will be your God throughout your lifetime… I made you, and I will care for you. | Isaiah 46:4