Recently I felt bummed about a friend and our relationship. Mad actually. Insulted would be more accurate. Most of the time this friend doesn’t act as if I exist. So maybe I shouldn’t even call her a friend at all.
I give. She takes. I give. She takes.
She asks. I give. She asks. I give.
She hardly ever says thank you, but that’s ok I guess.
I go out of my way to help her but she only comes to me when she wants something. Most recently she snubbed me for what she thought was a better deal.
Huh! How dare her?
I don’t like her at all, I thought. I’ll show her, I’ll write her off.
Feeling in a quandary about my decision, I took my messy heart to Jesus hoping He would see my side of the story.
I was in the middle of giving Him my blah, blah, blah, pity-party rant of, what do I do with this person, when He stopped me mid-rant and whispered.
Treat her like I treat you.
I give you My best when you give me your worst.
My Spirit prays on your behalf when you hurt me.
When you ask, I give and give abundantly expecting nothing from you in return.
More times than not, when you come to me it’s because you need something I have.
There are days you ignore Me, but I’m still there for you.
When you turn your back on me for what you think is more fun, I call after you.
I love you even when you don’t love me back.
The blinders came off my eyes when I felt the sting of His words piercing through my resistant heart.
I am her.
She is me.
“Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to those who ask: and when things are taken away form you don’t ry to get them back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love only those who love you why should you get credit for that?…He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.” (Luke 6:28-32, 35b-36 NLT)
When you’re not sure what to do,
the answer is always love.
Looking forward, pressing on and seeking God in every bump and turn in the road.