The Winds Of Change
“A real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
Alan Watts stated: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Last year a friend of mine told me that she could feel “the winds of change” beginning in her life. Her feeling proved to come true. After living in this area for several years she and her husband are moving to another area in the United States.
During your lifetime you are blessed when you have a loyal friend(s). There is an old saying: “A true friend is one whom you can call in the middle of the night to take you to the airport”. This friend was that kind of friend, not only to me, but too many others who crossed her path.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.”
In the Old Testament there is a record of a deep and close friendship. It was between David and Jonathan-the Prince of Israel. Jonathan was the oldest son of Saul, the King of Israel. Jonathan was brave and a natural leader of the military. Most importantly, Jonathan depended upon God.
Jonathan was a devoted and loyal friend to David. When they first met, there was an immediate bond of friendship. At one point Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you desire, I will do for you.”. Jonathan was the closest friend that David ever had. They based their friendship on their commitment to God, not just to each other. They remained friends to the end.
The “winds of change” are inevitable. In the Old Testament, Abraham and Sarah are an example of the “winds of change”. At God's request they left their country and their relatives to live as nomads in a tent in the desert. Herbert Lockyer stated, “He (Abraham) gave up a certainty for an uncertainty and went out not knowing whither he went.”.
Our faithful Almighty God has led my friend to another season of her life, just as He led Abraham and Sarah to the desert. Our time together was a magical season that only Almighty God can provide. Our friendship, like David and Jonathan's, was based on our “commitment to God, not just to each other”.
God's people, through the grace of God, ought to learn how to accept the “winds of change” in their life. Jimmy Dean stated: “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails...”. So adjust your sails, move along with change, and learn to dance with it. But most importantly, lean upon Almighty God, because He has a new exciting journey filled with big plans waiting for you!
Lord God, thank You for special friends that You have placed in our lives. Help us to remember that Jesus Christ is our greatest Friend. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington