…by Beka Jackson
I think of myself as a loyal person. Bobby would even say that is something he loves about me; that I am loyal. But Sunday morning at the end of the 11:00 service, I was feeling not so loyal!
Proverbs 18:24 is one of my favorite verses of the Bible. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.”
I haven’t always been that friend. Being loyal to my family, the people that I see every day, that comes naturally for me. But my friends, my neighbors, not so much. Greg talked about being a friend when it was difficult, when you didn’t know what to say. That is me. So this week, when a friend was going through something difficult, I called. I texted, I visited. It was uncomfortable, but it did what it was supposed to. My friend felt loved and cared for. Her situation was a little less unbearable because her friends walked along side her, even when we didn’t exactly know how.
But really, it comes down to this for me. When I first heard the Proverbs passage, I was in high school and I thought it was talking about Christ. I have always thought of Him as Friend, a loyal friend. A friend that would maybe not be heard or seen when I needed one, but a friend who is there always walking along side of me, making my life more bearable because He was there. Not because I make Him happy, or I do favors for him, or even because I love him back, but simply because he choose to love me and promised he would be loyal. No matter what. I love the scriptures in Isaiah where God reminds us that He has called us by name and will never forsake us.
I want to be that kind of a person. I want to be counted on as a friend, a neighbor, a wife, a mom, no matter what. No matter what kind of help they need, trouble they have gotten themselves in to, or how long it has been since we last talked, I want people to think of my name and know that I will do whatever I can.