Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
Prov. 18:24 "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
I've heard the statement made along the lines that maybe this person was my friend for just a "season." (Sorry Laurie, I saw this on yours, and brought back a memory.) I had a friend say that to me a couple of months back to my face, that maybe our friendship was just for a season. I don't understand that. Do friends do that when it gets uncomfortable, or there is a little abrasiveness, and that is the easy way out? Oh, yours was just a friendship for a season, see ya later. Keep in mind, I've made the choice to forgive, but I still don't understand it, so hence my question.
The two people in my life who have stuck with me closer than a brother has been my own mother and sister. I am so blessed beyond measure for their friendship. I consider them both my best friends. Yes, there have been times of difficulty over the years, and like many families (or friends) we could have chosen to opt out, but we pressed on through to a new level of intimacy and friendship, and I'm so grateful for them both.
I think that many people look at friendships as disposable. If the going gets tough, the tough get going. See ya on down the road Jack — too difficult, so see ya! I think in a world of McDonalds, fax machines, email, credit cards, instant gratification society, we look at friendships much the same way. It makes me so sad that we have gotten to that point.
Now keep in mind, the Lord has blessed me with some absolutely amazing friendships, and I'm so grateful for them. So grateful that they don't just abandon me at the slightest twinge of uncomfortableness, but instead press on through with me no matter what. I had one friend, about 4 years ago, that we had a disagreement, and I kept trying to sort it through with her. I was very non-confrontational, and wanted to work through the misunderstanding. She simply wouldn't return my calls. My comment was that if we can't handle this minor disagreement, this could forever shape our friendship, and how things are handled. Needless to say, that was several years ago, and she still to this day won't talk to me about it, and it did forever shape our friendship.
These moments have taught me much though, and for that I am grateful. Its taught me how to NOT be, and its taught me on how TO be. So, in a sense, I should be very thankful. So, maybe friendships can be for a season, but we shouldn't look at them that way for the easy way out.