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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: For Such A Time
By Debra Brand
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One of my long time Christian friends is Bonnie. I’m reserved, quiet, patient, understanding, and longsuffering. Completely opposite, she’s loud, impatient, authoritative, forward and much more. God has put us together, as she’s a seamstress and I own a bridal shop, for a purpose much more than business.
God’s plan is to have your friends go with you hand in hand. We should compliment each other not only in work and pleasure but spiritually. Don’t you ever wonder why you don’t have quality relationships with more people? It’s all in God’s timing.
If I have a need of support, she’s there. If I need prayer, she’s there. If I’m in trouble, she helps. If I need a defender, she’ll storm the gates of heaven and hell and usually until she gets the answer she wants. She’s my bouncer, my white knight. When my father died, she mourned with me. She can pray so that hell shakes (and continues to shake a long time). I think she’s even shaken the gates of heaven!
Some people call her ‘Sandy’ (she’s as rough as sandpaper). Some people avoid her, especially if they’re backsliding. Don’t even go near her! You’ll certainly be convicted! She’s definitely not afraid to tell you like it is or what is wrong.
I need her. Her constant asking led me to visit her church. That was six years ago and I’m still there. Through her, I’ve grown 101%. Without her encouragement and support of my writing, my words would never have gotten farther than my notebook.
I would call her my spiritual mother except that she didn’t lead me to salvation. But, I’m very glad she’s my spiritual sister. I only hope that if God puts her near my mansion that my walls are soundproof. She would even argue with God if she thought she was right and I think that might be noisy.
In return, I supply her need of patience and understanding, especially of brides. They are very emotional creatures, particularly when they’re planning the most important day of their life. I’m a calming influence, supportive of her writing fiction and helping her understand business practices.
God has supplied my needs, even the ones I don’t recognize. As I grow and learn He will supply the needs of more people that are brought into my life. My other friends certainly fill aspects of my life that Bonnie cannot. Some are my intercessory prayer partners, some are quietly strong, some are pastors but they are all individually blessed with what I need for ‘such a time as this’ Esther 4:14b (NIV).
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