March 1, 2023

“Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.” Proverbs 27:9 (CSB)

As I sat in my favorite spot by the window doing morning devotions, hummingbirds hovering and diving over the feeder caught my eye. I paused to delight in their spectacular maneuvers and delicate beauty.

Thank you, Lord, for these little friends.

Non-Human Friends

I grabbed a notepad to scribble a list of non-human friends with which God has blessed me. Hummingbirds . . . Dragonflies . . Ladybugs . . . Sun on my face . . . A warm breeze on my skin . . . Stars hanging against a dark night . . . Moon reflecting off water . . . The sound of lapping and crashing waves . . . A hot bath . . . First blooms of spring . . . Full blossoms of summer . . . Puzzles . . . Books . . . Pets

It dawned on me none of these friends had allowed the past three pandemic years to alter their behaviors. They remained true and faithful, providing me with wonder, joy, and lots of smiles at times bubbling up into laughter.

Correction—

This doesn’t currently apply to pets, since our dogs and cat have passed on. And to be honest, our cat, Smokey—bless all of his used-up nine lives—wasn’t what I would call my friend. Nor did he delight me whenever I walked past him with my bare legs. You’da thought I woulda learned. But no, every morning when I came downstairs in my nightshirt to make coffee, he was lurking, waiting to attack my legs. The cat shoulda been a nurse. He definitely knew how to draw blood. To prove my point as to his character . . . one time a delivery man drove into our driveway, stepped out of his van, and skidded to a halt. He eyeballed our German shepherd and Smokey sitting on the porch. The driver didn’t take his gaze off them while asking my husband, “Is that cat mean?”

But I digress.

Each of these on my list have remained constant, (I guess Smokey was too; I gotta give him that.) and I continue to derive great pleasure from them.

Thank you, God, for blessing me so richly.

Divine Friend

There is one more on my list—a divine friend, Jesus, who is my constant companion, day and night. In good times and in bad. When I am feeling up and when I am down. He even sticks with me when I’m in a prickly mood and being contentious. And trust me, when I’m in that state of mind I’m not all that pleasant to be around. (My husband will attest to that, even though he has stuck it out with me for over fifty-one years. I’m pretty sure Jesus has had something to do with that, too.)

Anyway, years ago when I was walking down a path of pitifulness, when I was angry most of the time and unlovable, Jesus chose me. At the time I didn’t grasp the enormity of John 15:16:

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name, the Father will give you.”

Since then, I have never felt unloved and the anger that so consumed me no longer takes up residence inside me. Yay! I want to share this freedom with others, so they, too can experience the joy and liberty of life in Christ. I pray my blog messages are part of my fruit bearing—fruit that will be everlasting.

What is on your list of non-human friends?

Prayer: Jesus, I pray my dear readers will embrace the friends you have created especially for them. May they be richly blessed in the refreshment and delight these bring to each and every one.

Thought for the Day: “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”—Khalil Gibran