“Summer friends I value not, but winter friends are worth their weight in gold; and who could deny such anything, especially in these days,wherein faithful, constant friends are so rare to be found?” – Thomas Brooks -Puritan Pastor/Author
Are you a ‘Winter friend’ or a fair weather ‘Summer friend?’ If you consider yourself to be a ‘Winter friend’, how are you being a ‘winter friend’? Do you have the conviction to walk in the muck & mire of your friend’s pain & suffering?
Whether present or in temporary absence of such a friend, we who are follower’s of Jesus Christ can and should engage with our hearts in such a posture, in a continually standing, on our knees before our Almighty God, who is at work in our dearest friends, and those around their circles of influence, and those who are looking in from afar, and even us, the ones who love our dear friend(s).
This work the Great I AM is about is resolving our need, our dependence, and our sustenance upon Him now and forevermore! He does this because He is concern about how we are being conformed into His likeness, not our comfortability of the preferred smooth sailing of our life.
It is here in the deep dark waters of the unknown sea of life, we are comforted with His grace & mercy, in which is His love is on displayed for us and all to see of His goodness & greatness of a loving God.
Why? This is the question always at the doorstep of our thoughts. The answer is never easy to except when you are seeing love ones suffer & are riddled with pain, nevertheless, the answer in it is simplest form, is, it is all about Him receiving the Glory in our most fragile state of weakness, as the Apostle Paul says, ” But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9
It in these tender moments we are faced with our inability to save ourselves, fully comfort ourselves, for we are weak, we are dependent creatures that are in desperate need of grace that can sustain us, a mercy that brings something anew each day, and a love that never ceases despite our weaknesses. We need the Creator of all things, we need Jesus’ sacrificial atonement, and we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance of remembrance of who we need, why we need Him, and Who will be faithful to us in our most time of need!
For the Christian we are called to imitate this action of love in which we see in Jesus, we are not to be Jesus in all He has done and is doing, but we can be the light of hope to our friends, loved ones,and even strangers, and may I dare say our enemies in their time of need of comfort. For we have been comforted by the work of Jesus at the cross and have been given new life from His resurrection from the grave!
What kind of friend are you, a ‘Summer friend’ or a ‘Winter friend’?