How can you tell if you are a good friend? A woman whom I’ve known for about two years is a perfect example.
She happens to share my name, and she decided the first time we’d met that she would be my friend. I don’t remember her ever asking me for anything, but the sweetness of what she brings to my life is immeasurable.
“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master” (Proverbs 25:13 NIV).
She encourages me every time we meet, listening deeply to my concerns and offering a scripture or a prayer. I can trust her to think more about what I’m saying than whatever is going on around us. And if I voice a need of any kind, she pursues ways to see me at peace.
“Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble” (verse 19).
She put her hand on my arm a year ago when she saw me concerned about my family, and with a tear in her eye, she vowed to pray for each one by name. She asks about them and prays for them still – one year later.
“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked” (verses 25-26).
My dear friend refreshes my soul, always bringing me good news, and I thank God for her. Are you a friend like that to someone you know?
by Kathy Sheldon Davis