Proverbs 27:19 says, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person”. I have wasted years of my life hiding my heart’s reflection. Was it fear? Was it embarrassment? Was it “no one here gets me”? I think at times it was all these things.
I believe that I am a likable person. I think I am funny and can get along with most people. I “know” many people, but I let very few truly know me. Very few see the true reflection of my heart which is the Holy Spirit living within me. I get so excited when I meet a like-minded child of God because I can let my heart’s true nature shine.
My two best friends used work with me. I could talk about God with them. We studied the Bible together and prayed with one another. I miss them. I miss doing those things. I have begun to pray that God provide me another friend with whom I can “just be me” around; someone with whom I can talk and pray and whose excitement for God is like my own. No one will replace my friends who have moved; we are eternal friends and we keep in touch as often as possible. But, God knows me inside and out; He created me after all. God knows the need I have for a like-minded friend. He gave me that need. He has also given me the heart of a servant; I pray He brings others into my life who willingly receive and encourage my servant’s heart.
I long for what God’s Word states in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend”. I ask God right now in Jesus Holy Name to bring a Proverbs 27:17 friend alongside of me at work, at home, at church and during my daily activities. This does not have to be the same like-minded individual. It could be multiple individuals. We serve a big God, so I am asking for a big gift…the gift of a sharpener or two. I believe that the God who created us for His companionship and in His image fully intended for us to have like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ come along side of us to sharpen and encourage us and for whom we can do the same.
“God, You know our needs. Your Word says that You give us the desires of our hearts. I ask You now in the Name of Jesus for a friend or two who will sharpen and encourage me and whom I can sharpen and encourage. Lord, in Jesus’ Name I ask You for that Proverbs 27:17 friend who will challenge me to grow in knowledge of and boldness for You. God may Your kingdom’s work be increased through us as we come alongside other believers for Your good purpose and plan. It is in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord that we pray these things. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner