“You do?” “Sure…Yeah, right…”
My friend noticed I had a habit of saying “I know” a lot in every conversation we had.
“It’s hard,” she vented one time, “I don’t have anyone else to help me with things.”
“No, you don’t…because you’re not in my shoes,” she stated.
“Oh…it hurts,” she complained of different aches.
“No, you don’t…You don’t have the pains I’m having,” she replied.
I never noticed my “expression” until she had noticed it and had brought it to my attention. I told her I might not have the same problems or aches she had, but when I said “I know” I meant it because I felt like I was going through the same problems and was having the same pains. Because I love her.
That’s being a friend after all, right? It’s placing ourselves in our friends’ shoes so we can share with their suffering and just by being there for them, somehow, we hope that we are able to help out doing so in easing their pain or making the burdens a little lighter.
I’m confident saying that and in my spiritual state should be the same. Knowing the truth that the bottom line is my spiritual victory is not something I have accomplished but because of what Jesus did for me. And for you. And for him. And for her. For all of us.
As I go through this tough battle at this time, I am not afraid because I KNOW, my Faithful Friend is always there for me. And that is the truth!
“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
–John 15:15 (ESV)