When Friends Can’t Be There

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

I hope you are blessed with people who help you weather the tough times in life; people who could have walked away long ago but have shown epic loyalty and support. Even the best of friends and relatives have limits. They are human and they get tired or they have seasons of trouble in their own lives and can’t be there for you. A good friend gives another friend permission to be human and occasionally unavailable. If you are especially blessed, you have more than one good friend so that you don’t wear out the first one. Still, sometimes all of your friends are occupied when you need them most, and you feel alone.

Only Jesus has the unique ability to stay with you always. Even when you feel He is absent, know that your feelings can lie. Talk to Him, write to Him in your journal, or you may even sing to Him. Trusting He is there despite your feelings exercises faith, which may be part of why you may not sense His presence. God wants to teach you to stand on His Word when you have nothing else on which to stand. Fill the loneliness with reminders of His promises and of times when He came through for you. Real friends will find you again, and the reunion will refresh you. Until then, sit on the Savior’s lap and tell Him all that is in your heart. He listens better than anyone else you know, and His love endures forever.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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