It was just about a year ago.... I was at a church event surrounded by my friends. Surrounded by people who love me, people who care about me, people who share my faith. It was a Faith event. What better place to be lifted up?
On the first day of the event I happened to hear 2 of my closest friends talking about me. Talking in a "not nice" way. The details don't matter. I was as hurt by their reaction when they realized I was within ear-shot as I was by what they were saying. They didn't trust that I could handle the truth of what they thought about me...or what they were willing to say about me. It was so wrong! I could see that. Anyone could see that. My world tilted on its axle.
The self-righteous reaction we are all so capable of wanted to dominate my spirit. I spun into inner turmoil. I literally sobbed for hours. I was inconsolable because I couldn't seek consolation. I cast about in my mind for answers, for some explanation that would settle my heart, my mind, my soul. I can remember the pain I felt as if it happened yesterday.
Later that weekend we sang a song that so resonated with me I almost laughed out loud. It was my wake-up call and it brought me the resolution I sought.
1. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
3. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he'll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.
We cannot expect any one on earth to be a better friend to us than God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We should not look to our spouses, our friends, our parents or our children to be a better friend, to be more faithful or more solid than Jesus. God so loved us He sacrificed His son for us. No one on earth can love us that much. Everyone we love will fall short of such pure love.
I also realized - God will let our world be rocked. He is jealous of our devotion. He will test our hearts. This is a blessing and a testament of His love and devotion to us.
Since that weekend I have not lost sight of the reality that my one true love is our heavenly Father, my BFF is His son, my intimate is the Holy Spirit.