Last night, I put the girls to bed, curled up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, and waited for a phone call from a dear friend. A special gift at the end of a day. I was actually giddy with anticipation. I knew we would laugh and reminisce and laugh some more! At the end of a busy week, I needed to laugh!
Kristen and I have shared life together. We have served together, eaten meals together, celebrated births together, and shared some more meals-we like to eat! She was my son’s small group leader at Fellowship and for that reason alone, she deserves a few extra jewels in her crown.Kristen and I have also shared burdens and discouragements. She has prayed with me and for me and I trust her with the intimate parts of my heart. She is able to be a blessing because she is in close relationship with Jesus Christ.
My favorite devotional book is Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest. My vocal teacher gave it to me as a high school graduation gift in 1996. The spine is broken and the pages are very worn. There are portions highlighted in pink, underlined in black, and passages circled with notes written in the margins. During my freshman year of college, this book challenged me to grow in my relationship with God.
I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago as I was unpacking some boxes and this week, I have been revisiting some of my favorite passages.
This morning, as I flipped through the pages, I noticed a passage that I had underlined many years ago: “Friendship is rare on earth. It means identity in thought and heart and spirit. The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Jesus came that we might know Him and be satisfied in Him alone.
Last night, when I hung up the phone with Kristen, I had a moment of longing for the closeness of a sweet community that I love.
But, Jesus alone satisfies. He is enough.