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Topic: Insulted (11/01/04)

TITLE: Love of a Friend
By Liz Hoyt Eberle


Not only was I offended, I had cried for a week because my best friend ignored me at the meeting. She talked to everyone else that night, but each time I tried to get her attention, she moved further away from me and eventually lost herself in a crowd of laughing people. I was crushed and stunned. Jane and I had been through fire and flood together crying torrents from the blaze of our first teen age loves to the dying embers of emptiness when our children left home. We were close. We talked about everything from broken finger nails and plugged sinks to my mother’s cancer and her son’s deployment to war.

I called Jane several times to talk about her insult, but she did not answer her phone. Then, one day I came face to face with her in the grocery store and called her to account. “Jane, why did you ignore me at the meeting last week? You really insulted me!”

Jane’s answer pierced even more. “Oh Honey, I didn’t intend to be rude. I was in a hurry so I just could not stop to chat. Don’t you think ‘insult’ is a rather strong word? I really must run… I am tired and I have so much to do.”

Quickly pushing her cart to the check out lane, my friend left me standing speechless at the display of red seedless grapes.

My day was ruined and I promised myself that I would never speak to Jane again. She left me out of her life then offended me further when she had no time or interest to discuss it. I certainly would never again leave myself open for any more hurt. I would avoid her at all costs.

Later that evening, I went to my Father, broken hearted. Between sobs I begged God to ease my hurt. After awhile, I looked down at the Bible in my lap and through burning tears, the words of Jesus began to come into focus. But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:33)

I did not understand, yet I could not turn away from the verse. I had not denied my Lord. What did He mean? I sat still and silent for a long time.

Slowly, my rambling thoughts began to come together. God was not just my savior, He was the lover of my soul; closer than a brother; nearer than my best friend.

Was it possible? Me? Insult my beloved Lord? Well, yes. I am often too busy or too tired to pray. Many times I lose myself in a laughing crowd rather than acknowledge my Friend. I even rush off to gather my gifts without saying, “Thank you, Father.” And, sometimes He calls me and I just don’t answer.
Yet, miracle of miracles, He loves me still and is always there. He searches for me if I tarry too long. He calls me by name. My Friend waits for me with open arms. Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends.(John 15:13)

He laid down His life for me.

Member Comments
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Karri Compton11/08/04
Very touching and sadly true. God bless.
DeAnna Brooks11/08/04
You know how I relate to this, Liz. As always, I am convicted by your words. And am so thankful there is One that never turns away.
Betty Shattuck11/08/04
I don't know if this is a real incident or a story to illustrate God's patience and love for us. It was a good illustration whichever it is. I hope if it was a real story that all is forgiven and friends again. Good writing! Keep it up!
Lynda Lee Schab 11/08/04
Welcome to FaithWriters! Glad you jumped right into the writing challenge!
Excellent piece! So real and so wonderfully readable! And so...ME! Something most of us can relate to, I'm sure.
Well done. Lynda
Deborah Anderson11/09/04
I loved this. Great job. God bless you.
Verlie Ruhl11/11/04
This is a great story, and such a convicting one! I certainly saw myself in it. Thanks for posting it.
Linda Germain 11/11/04
Liz, wonderful story. Also, I love what you said in your profile about banana pudding!An image is worth a thousand words. LOL
Liz Hoyt Eberle11/11/04
Thank you, all! Each of you has touched my heart- deeply. Liz
Phyllis Inniss11/13/04
Good entry. I relate to what you wrote. Some introspection is always good for us and the Father heals us. God bless.
Debbie OConnor11/13/04
Very good entry. Isn't it wonderful how God can use almost any circumstance of our life to teach us? I hope that you and your friend are friendly again (if this was true), and I'm so glad you have the One always true friend to hold you.
Rita Garcia11/18/04
Liz, I love your style of delivering a heartfelt message. Blessings, Rita
Cynthia Zirkwitz08/10/05
Succinct and very touching!