“Jonathan said, ‘Go in peace! The two of us have vowed friendship in God’s name, saying, ‘God will be the bond between me and you, and between my children and your children forever!'” 1 Samuel 20:42
Today’s scripture in 1 Samuel tells the story of two young men who became “unlikely” friends. Jonathan was the son of Saul, the king of Israel, and David was the son of Jesse, one of Saul’s servants. Their friendship grew because Jonathan admired David’s strength and integrity. However, after David successfully killed the giant Goliath, Saul became jealous of David and wanted him killed. Jonathan believed God directed his path to find this friend and went against his own father to help David escape death. He assured David they would be friends for life and had visions that their children would be friends, too.
I want a friend like Jonathan–one who would go the extra mile for me and admire me for who I am, not what I could become. In my community of over 40,000 seniors, one would think it would be easy to find such a friend. But I have found it difficult to either break into an already established friendship group or to bond with people I meet. In reality, I know if I want a friend like Jonathan, I have to become more like Jonathan who took a risk and befriended David.
God bonded Jonathan and David’s friendship through love. I trust God will lead me to someone who is also seeking a new friend to love.
Dear Lord, help me love more deeply the friends you have already given me. Amen.