Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:3-5
Friendship has been crucial to understanding God's love for me. I don't always make friends easily. Over the years, my out-going nature has changed. I find now that I have a husband and kids, my desire to sit around, chatting with other women hasn't been as strong of a desire. But when God calls me to a season of suffering, when God asks me to wait for Him to do a great thing in my life, when I'm weary and need someone to tell me the truth about who God is, I need a friend. And God has always provided someone just when I needed it.
She holds my hand and lets me cry. She challenges me to seek His face and let go of the need to know "why." She comforts me with God's love and helps me chase away the doubt and confusion that creep in. She calls me to more than what's comfortable and easy. She holds me to my commitments and reminds me of who I am. She is a vessel that God uses to pour hope into my empty pot.
It is a wonderful thing to have someone like that. I'm grateful to God for bring these gals into my life.