It seems as if people are becoming more and more isolated with the passage of time. This simply is not the way God intends for things to be. We are designed to be social beings. We are designed to laugh together, cry together and walk together.
So, what goes wrong? We get wounded, we get busy, we get caught up in all the "stuff" in life and we may even have a lot of friends until things get tough. Then we discover that many of these friends were merely acquaintances who disappear once the party is over. Suddenly, we find ourselves separated from the "herd"; alone, frightened and ...much more vulnerable to the attack of the enemy.
There is a passage in the Old Testament which illustrates this point quite well.
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
If you are blessed with true friends who are willing to walk with you, stand with you, fight for you, laugh with you and cry with you, take the time to let them know how good it is to be their friend. Don't wait until next week or even tomorrow. Do it as soon as you can before the opportunity slips by.
If you are walking alone, ask God to introduce you to His friends. He'll be more than happy to do so. I'm not joking. I'm completely serious. You see, I did this once. I was in a period of isolation and I realized this was not what God intends. In desperation, I asked Him to introduce me to the people it would be good for me to walk with. Since that time, God has introduced me to some very dear and wonderful friends of His who were happy to become mine as well.
Don't wait for them to come looking for you. It doesn't usually work that way. You have to be willing to extend your hand, smile and take a risk. You'll be glad that you did!
Wow.. what a great blog! I was just thinking about this yesterday. I have friends who I love, but I don't take the necessary time to grow with. The kind of friends you describe are for me, few and far between. But I do have some and I treasure them. Some of my friends are in Heaven now. I have come to love, love, love the ones left.
Thanks once more for a great blog!