Today at church my pastor, Brian, talked about the necessity of covenant friendships in each of our lives. He spoke about how each of us are driven towards other people and how friends elevate us to a level that we otherwise couldn’t reach on our own through their grace and honesty.
Today at church I realized how scared I actually am for the rest of my life.
Tomorrow marks my start as a college student with orientation at THE Ohio State University. In two days I leave the country for the very first time to travel half way across the world. In a month I will be staffing three weeks of a workshop that I’m almost only accustomed to attending as a delegate. In two months I’ll be going to my first week of college courses with new friends, new people, in a new city, and without my closest friends and family.
It’s overwhelming. Very overwhelming.
What I’ve come to realize through this, however, is how great of a friend God is to me through the overwhelming circumstances.
In Psalm 37:23, the Bible reads, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him.” That’s one heck of a promise, especially in this time of my life. When every aspect of my life is being uprooted and grafted into a completely different place, God promises me that he’s going to make my steps on this journey straight and confident if I lean into Him. That’s what a good friend should do: encourage, lead, provide guidance and reassurance and that’s just what God says He’s doing.
Now there’s a catch in this promise: you have to “delight in Him,” meaning we’re supposed to follow and find joy in God’s word. Luckily, God isn’t some kid from the ‘popular’ group that doesn’t give us any way to fit into his friend group. He doesn’t leave us without knowledge on how to follow, delight, and connect with Him. Instead His son, Jesus, says, “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.” (John 15:15). God sends Jesus to guide us on our way to delighting in God’s perfect friendship, through Jesus becoming friends with us himself. He provides us with a place of security and elevates us to His unreachable level because He cares selfishly and wholeheartedly for you and for me.
He takes my burdens onto His own back. He killed my worries, fears, and anxiety. He sacrificed his whole self to save me. He paved a way for me to meet Him again one day. He’s fighting wars over me this very minute because He loves me that much. He has concern for my well-being and has plans to prosper and never to harm me.
God is a Friend, as well as a Father and I’m thankful to have him by my side as this weird, crazy, and often scary journey continues.