You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you. - Isaiah 26:3
One part of my life that I’ve always seemed to struggle with is friendships. For as long as I can remember it’s almost like I’ve had this revolving door of fair-weather friends. While I do have a few long-lasting friendships, for the most part after a few months or even years I’ve just kind of been dropped. There was no fight or blowout, nothing negative said one way or the other, it just seemed like I wasn’t cut out for people’s ever-changing standards or something.
My most difficult season for friendships was probably during my college years. It was one thing to just not fit in with new people, but a whole other ordeal when you lose friends that you were so close to you that you thought they might be in your wedding one day. In those few short years, I lost two of my closest friendships, and I still honestly have no idea what happened. I was just cut out, and at the time it was heartbreaking. I felt like I was pretty much left alone in my struggles. I didn’t know who to confide in anymore and I found myself asking, “Who can I even trust?”
I’d love to say that during that time my first thought was to talk to God about it, but instead I tried to just get past it on my own. Feeling rejected sometimes makes you want to just bury what you’re feeling so that on the outside you appear collected and strong. However, eventually little by little you will start to crack. For me, after I got past my initial reaction to being rejected by some of my closest friends, I did start to pray and try to work through what had happened. It wasn’t an overnight fix by any means, but by turning to Him when I’m feeling lost, left out, or rejected, I’m able to realize how deeply I’m already loved by my Creator.
Over the years as I’ve seen different relationships come and go, I’ve been able to see that while it’s never easy, God always does send who you need exactly when you need them. And even when a friendship ends, most likely you will have learned something truly meaningful from that person, or you at least have a few good memories, and for that I’m always thankful.
1. What moment sticks out most in your life as a time when God was the constant in a hard situation?
2. How can you remind yourself of His goodness in difficult seasons?
Dear Lord, I pray that You will help me to understand that I am never alone. Even when life gets crazy and people are hard, You go before me always. When I start to doubt, help me to be reminded of Your never-changing love for us. You are the constant among the chaos. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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