When I was in junior high school I had very few friends. Junior high is hard enough without having to go it alone, and since I did have to go it alone I was miserable. I was so embarrassed at having no one to sit with in the cafeteria that I would eat my lunch sitting in a bathroom stall and hope that any girls who came in wouldn’t hear the crinkly sound of my plastic sandwich bag. That was definitely the low point in my adolescent life.
Perhaps because of that experience, and others like it, I do not take friendships for granted. Instead, I cherish them. I see them as precious gifts from God. Friends are God’s way of loving us through each other. Friends are God with skin on.
Friends aren’t perfect, but the people in our lives who are our true friends will always be there for us. They will walk by our side through the good times and the bad. They will dance at our wedding, keep vigilant watch on our sick bed, laugh at our jokes, pray for our kids, and cry at our funeral. And… we will do the same for them.
Friends make life bearable. They remind us that even when we feel alone in this world, we are not alone. Friends also make life fun, reminding us that life is too short to take everything so seriously.
It is a blessing to be able to see God in each other as we share our sorrows, our joys, our victories and our struggles. Even if you have only one close friend, that is a huge blessing. You don’t need ten best friends to feel loved. All you need to stay out of the toilet is one person to sit with in the cafeteria of life.