As 2012 ends, I am reflecting on the many layers that this year entailed. There were many highs and many lows. Then, there has been a season of ordinary and mundane. Regardless of the twists and turns that this year has brought, there is one aspect that has been the highlight for me.
That aspect is FRIENDSHIP.
Proverbs 17:17 declares that a friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
I love this verse because it has proved true in my life in 2012. I feel like I have been loved and loved well by my friends this year. I have experienced God’s heartbeat for true, godly friendships. It is not His desire that we should build His kingdom or walk through this life alone.
Several layers emerged out of this gift of friendship: making new friends, going deeper in Christ with current friends and getting reacquainted with old friends.
God has blessed me with both, being able to co-lead an online small group for incourage.me and with an immense love for Social Media. Through these, God has absolutely blown me away with new friends that share the same passion as I do! It has been a much-needed dose of encouragement!
My friendship circle seems to change throughout different seasons in my life. The friends that have been in my world this year have a fierce hunger for the Lord unlike any others I know. We have had prayer and worship nights. We have delved into the deep waters of God through His Word. Those have been times of refreshing to this sometimes dry and weary soul.
The last aspect, getting reacquainted with old friends has been the most delightfully surprising. Over the years, friends drift in and out of our lives. This year has seen the return of friends who have moved away and ones whose lives just went in different directions. This has just blessed me like crazy! I am SO grateful that God is a restorer!
God has been ridiculously faithful to me this year even in spite of my faithless times. He has used my friends to bless me, encourage me, challenge me, provide for me and strengthen me. My prayer for 2013 is that I would be devoted as He continues to establish and solidify community in my life despite how messy and imperfect it can be.
Do any of these aspects of friendships resonate with you? How has God used friendship in your life over this past year?