I Am a Friend of God
“I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”1
Sam was a great bird dog. If he pointed to a clump of bushes, there surely was a bird in there. He was much more than just a bird dog. Often, we’d share together lazy lunches in an abandoned apple orchard, and the snooze that followed.
Late one afternoon, Sam and I became separated. Neither of us was familiar with the area. I called and whistled. No sign of Sam. I had to get back to town for an important appointment. But how could I leave Sam? If he finally came back and I wasn’t there, would I lose him for good?
Then I remembered a trick an old dog trainer had passed on. I unbuttoned my jacket and laid it on the ground under the branches of a small bush. I worried all night. But when I returned the next morning there was Sam curled up with his nose under the sleeve of my jacket. He looked up and wagged his tail. His eyes seemed to say, "Where’ve you been friend? I’ve been waiting for you all night. But I knew you’d come back."2
This story made me wonder. When I get lost, do I have the trust to look for God in a part of His Word and curl up in it? To wait patiently, knowing that my Friend will find me if I just have faith in him? God loves us and cares deeply about our friendship with Him. He is the only Friend who will meet us exactly where we are, with no judgement or criticism, but instead will accept us with arms open wide. Whenever you get lost, remember that God has left pieces of Himself for you to find refuge in.
Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you for being such a great friend to me. Even when I am undeserving of your love and forgiveness, you long to have a close relationship with me. Thank you that whenever I lose my way in life, I can find comfort and guidance in your Word and Holy Spirit which you have left as gifts for me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
John 15:15 (NIV).
From a sermon by Stephen Sheane, Faith Training, 9/21/2011.
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