A Hotchy Potchy Friend

 Hotchy potchy was my Grandmother’s made up creation.  It was nothing fancy, but I loved to eat it.  The meal consisted of eggs over easy and homemade fried potatoes.  Oh, and the name came from mixing those two foods together in a big, hotchy potchy mess on my plate.  If the friends of my youth only knew what they were missing out on!  My adulthood friend, Mary, remembers me telling her about hotchy potchy.  She laughingly jokes about us needing to make some to eat.  Sounds good to me! 

In all seriousness, I was thinking of Mary today, as I do most days.  I miss her.  Thinking about Mary today made me think about how life can be “hotchy potchy” sometimes.  What I mean is, life can hand us multiple things which sometimes can get mixed up on our plates of life.  I have experienced this and I have seen Mary experience it, too.  We have both been served  plates of hotchy potchy by the Enemy.

Mary’s plate of hotchy potchy has been different than mine.  Most everyone’s is unique to them.  I have learned much from Mary, watching her sometimes deal with the same plate of hotchy potchy more than once.  Mary has not always cleaned up her plate perfectly, but who of us has? I have seen her plate piled high with hotchy potchy and by God’s grace and mercy she has wiped it clean and has come out stronger and healthier.  Was it easy for her? By no means.  Did she struggle? I’m going to guess that she did.  But, one of the MANY things I love and admire about Mary is her faith in God and her trust that Jesus Christ will always help her clean her plate. (1 Cor 10:12-13)

I am blessed and grateful that Mary has faithfully been by my side when life’s hotchy potchy messes have overwhelmed me.  I praise God that Mary never judges me.  I thank our Lord that through my repetitive hotchy potchy living Mary never gives up praying for me.  Mary reminds me that I am not alone.  She knows of her own humanness and struggles and she quickly informs me that she is in no position to cast stones.  I am able to say the same to her during her times of struggle.

How awesome is our Father God in providing  Christian friends to love, support and encourage us.  Mary is this kind of friend.  She is always there when I need to talk.  She is always willing to pray.  Mary encourages me and never tears me down.  Mary is my hotchy potchy friend; she reminds me I am not alone.  (Ecc 4:9) My prayer for you today is that God provides you with a hotchy potchy friend if He hasn’t already.  A hotchy potchy friend is a friend for life! (Jn 15:13)

Kami R. Lobner

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