This morning I returned a call from yesterday to a dear friend. As he talked, I had to reflect on myself and who I am and what I think about myself. God has given him the gift of discernment, at least concerning me. Ever since we were roommates in college he has known the inner workings of my soul. It is quite frightening to allow someone in as close as this guy is to me. There is another man that is as close to me as this man is. Beyond that I can keep people at the arms length I want them. When I consider the length of time it has been since we have been in contact with each other, it amazes me the connection that we still have. Our friendship causes me to consider the friendship of David and Jonathan. There was a commitment and a loyalty that stretched beyond the bonds of family and position and prestige. It was totally based on what God was doing in each of their lives and how He put them together. There was a level of trust and intimacy that very few people in effect experience.
Yesterday, I picked up a man on the side of the road who had been injured. As I drove him to where he wanted off, he proceeded to tell me that he had no friends at all. He asked me how many friends in a life time a person has. Well today as I reflect on my life I can honestly say that besides my wife, I have two men that know me better than anyone else. Yes, I have several that I would consider as friends. But, these two men surpass all others in the closeness and the intimacy we have together. God has placed these men in my life to help hone me for all that God has planned for me.
Let me ask you today, “How many friends do you have?” I am not talking about people you know, nor am I talking about the number of people on FaceBook that you call friends. I am talking about the person that no matter what happens in your life, you are connected with trust, loyalty, and intimacy. I am talking about someone that no matter how many miles or years separate you, you know that your friend is standing, waiting, and is willing to be all that you need them to be for that certain moment. Oh, we all have friends at so many different levels; but do we have a friendship that as David said about Jonathan: “26 …your love to me was extraordinary…” 2 Samuel 1:26 (ESV)