“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 CSB
Everyone needs a friend who is as faithful as my friend Heather. She is my phone friend, she is the only person in my life I consistently talk to on the phone throughout the week. As a Mom of 3, 2 teens and a preteen, finding time to connect can be difficult. But Heather does it. I always know to take her calls, because that means she has a moment she can talk. Heather calls me when she is traveling between jobs for work. Sometimes those calls will come at 7:30 in the morning, sometimes noon, other times 6:00 at night. If she’s not driving for work, she’s driving her kids from one activity to another. And she is faithful. She has never forgotten me, never given up on me, always calls. Our friendship spans almost 2 decades, and her faithfulness has kept it going.
Heather is faithful because she keeps calling. She keeps checking in on me to make sure I’m doing ok. For the longest time I didn’t call Heather, I was afraid to bother her because she lives such a hectic life. It has only been in the last few years Heather has convinced me I can call her whenever I want. She promises me I’m not bothering her, if she’s in a meeting, she won’t answer. Heather has pursued our friendship diligently, she is faithful. Heather does what Jesus does, she keeps showing up, time after time. In the same way Jesus never gives up on people, neither does Heather. When we first met she was working in a food bank, feeding the homeless. I can still see her standing at the table, handing out bread, just like Jesus. And just like Jesus, I can call her anytime.
Jesus is even more faithful than Heather. He is waiting on us to turn to Him, to give Him our burdens so He can help us carry our load (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV). Just like when I share my heart with Heather, Jesus is waiting for us to share our hearts with Him. He already knows what is going on in our lives, He’s just waiting for us to include Him in them. And He keeps our secrets, just like Heather keeps mine. When we confess our sins to Him, He doesn’t put them on the front page of the newspaper, He simply forgives us. He created us to be who we are, to fulfill each of our own purposes. He loves us, unconditionally, warts and all. Jesus is truly our most faithful friend.
I’m thankful for faithfulness today. What are you thankful for?