It was one of those days…dirty dishes and clothes piled high, filthy toilets and sinks, with a heart heavily burdened by the hurts in the world. I felt crushed and overwhelmed. The phone rings revealing my God given friend asking to stop by for a visit. I say yes!
My pride tempts me to rush around to tidy up the house and heart, and to forge a smile on my face…but I surrender to humility. When she walks in, the Light is bright and the fire within her is intense for the love of Christ, and she shares Him with me, unknowing what was going on in my heart. She’s never seen my hands ‘down’ before.
A simple request for a sandwich from my children brings a flow of anxiety and she ‘sees.’ She sees my brokenness and overwhelmed heart—the Holy Spirit in her takes over. She makes my children lunch, washes my dishes, cleans my daughter’s room and even braids my daughter’s hair. I share with her convictions in my heart and she listens. She doesn’t try to ease those convictions or make me feel better but allows the Holy Spirit do His work in my heart.
She doesn’t try to say I’m a good person but washes my feet with God’s Word reminding me of Jesus Christ, what He has done, how we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. She lifts my weary arms to worship reminding me of the living hope we have in Christ and the joy that is ours. She takes me to the throne of grace and helps me to touch the robe I wear. We pray, confessing and asking for godly sorrow and repentance knowing God’s grace is there for the taking. After we pray my Light is shining bright, and I am stirred to love and good deeds. I remember whose I am.
I see. I ‘see’ brokenness is good. Brokenness reveals and exposes my weaknesses and brokenness allowed me to see just how much love has been poured out in my friends’ heart. I’m thankful for this gift of friendship and for the love my friend has for Jesus Christ…and for me. Thank you my ‘pink friend who loves red letters‘ you are blessed indeed!
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17
December 14th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
Lovely post – so encouraging! Thank you for sharing ❤
December 15th, 2012 at 3:53 am
Thank you for stopping by Courtney 🙂
December 15th, 2012 at 11:35 pm
How blessed you are to have such a precious Christian friend. God’s gift of friendship is so important at times like these. Praying for you, sweet Arcelia.
December 25th, 2012 at 7:41 am
Hi Arcelia, hope your having a lovely Christmas. cheers your friend Graeme
December 25th, 2012 at 5:37 pm
🙂 Thank you!
March 5th, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Such a good post, Arcy! I love how God constantly makes beauty out of humility and broken spots of us…our job is to be willing. And you ARE willing! I love you!
March 12th, 2013 at 2:23 am
Thank you Cile and I love you my Proverbs 17:17 friend! I am encouraged by your love and walk with Jesus Christ and the exhorting words that come forth from your heart… Proverbs 20:5 will always have your name written by it in my Bible:
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
March 12th, 2013 at 2:35 am
of course you are a WOman of understanding 😉
April 29th, 2013 at 1:15 am
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