One of those kinds of friends |

One of those kinds of friends

I get this voicemail from time to time that goes along the line of coming from a bogus law enforcement agency or an “official” capacity. I don’t get cell service at the house but I get the voicemail when I get back in range. This is part of the tactics on the other end. He commences with how his office has been contacted and I’ve been reported to have been seen about up to no good. If the problem isn’t remedied then they’ll have to send a unit out and ensure compliance.

It always brings a laugh and a smile. Then it almost always ends in “I’ve been praying for you,” or maybe a verse from the Bible that encourages me.

We all have that friend that lifts us up. Even if we don’t want to admit it as men, that one feller that shows up at just the right time. It reminds me of that one feller that is a seasoned veteran in the pasture. He’s the one that when your part of the gather is going sour and your having a hard time keeping cattle thrown together; like magic he just shows up! Yes, he’s the next feller over in the gather but it’s like he knows or something. That’s how it is with one of those types of friends. They just show up or call just at the right time. Or maybe it’s one of those that you know you could call at 3:30 a.m. for help. You were headed home from out of town with a load of horses and you’ve broke down. He will be there and help in those kind of times. When we have one of those kind of friends we breathe a huge sigh of relief after that kind of phone call. We immediately feel better because we know that help is on the way!

Proverbs puts it like this, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Jesus gave this message to His disciples, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:11-15 NIV)

Think about that for a second, Jesus has called you His friend. Of course, just like any friend we have to know them in order to call them friend. If you know Jesus He has called you friend. In comparison He has done infinitely more than showing up at 3:30 in the morning to help with a broke down pickup.

Maybe today, you don’t feel like He has shown up when He was supposed to be there. Maybe, you thought it was too late. Think of all the times He’s been there before this. Remember how many times He’s came through for you. He is definitely “a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Don’t give up on Him, because when faced with the cross, He didn’t give up on you.

I’ll see ya’ll out in the pasture!

–Wendell Elliott