Wednesday, January 25, 2012

the one about honesty

I just got back from spending some much needed time with a dear friend of mine. We got together for coffee, to share about our lives, marriages, and to talk about what we are struggling with, need prayer for, etc. It was one of the most encouraging times I have had lately - to be mutually honest and vulnerable, and to see the recognition in another friend's eyes that they get what you are saying. It's such a wonderful feeling to be understood and to have somebody identify with what you are feeling.

I've always had a difficult time being vulnerable, even with people who know me well and who I trust wholeheartedly. Usually the times that I end up sharing what's on my heart is because my emotions are spilling over and I just kind of blurt out everything I'm feeling all of a sudden. It's not always the most thought out, prayed-about encounter but the Lord has been truly faithful to use many of those conversation to uplift, encourage, and refresh me.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I am truly thankful that God has given me such wonderful, godly, loving, compassionate friends in my life. I am thankful that God made me (and you) to need community. I am thankful that God made me finite and not all-knowing and that when I can't see the whole picture, God gives me people in my life to help me see His hand and His goodness. 

Whether it's in times of great need, despair, and hopelessness... or times of feeling restless, discontent, or confused... there are always pieces of God's character that I'm not seeing because of my sinful, broken heart. And praise God that He gives us friends who can point us to the beauty and glory of Christ, through the Word and Spirit.

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