I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. ~John 15:15
I adore this photo of granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and family cat, Henry. Their joy and contentment radiate for all to see, and I can't help but smile whenever I gaze upon this duo. Yes, Henry may only be a kitty, but to Virginia, he is a best friend, too!
And I'm sure that all of us, who have ever owned a pet, have experienced the unique bond that forms between human and animal. There's nothing like it! Dissimilar from human friendships, your cat or dog will never talk back, never turn its back on you, and will love you unconditionally.
Now, that's what I'd call a genuine BFF!
Such a shame that our friendships with other people don't come with the same guarantee. One reason I leave Facebook is precisely because of this. People whom I trust, think highly of, and yes, even love, part ways with me because of differing opinions. As a person who values dialogue and the healthy exchange of ideas, I find this mind boggling. Shouldn't friendship create the ties that bind?
In an ideal world - yes!
But that's something we won't realize until Jesus returns.
In the meantime, we can take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus already calls us friends, just as He did His disciples. He is always present to listen to our prayers, to provide a welcoming lap into which we can crawl up and feel safe, and will love us eternally and completely when we believe in Him.
The Lord doesn't hold our transgressions against us, but forgives us every time we earnestly repent.
I couldn't ask for a better friend that that. Could you?
Henry is up there in years. It will be a devastating day for Virginia when he crosses over the rainbow bridge, but not even death will erase the deep connection they share.
Just as nothing can separate us from the love that God, the Father, has demonstrated by giving us His precious Son.
That bond is everlasting.