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Fortune Cookie Devotion Series: An Old Friend

Today’s fortune cookie is a good one – “Look up an old friend if you’re feeling down.” We all have those days or even seasons where we are down. It is certainly a comfort to be able to spend time with old friends to connect and catch up. When you get together with an old friend, you can reminisce about past achievements and funny mishaps, and discuss current events too. 

For me, a friend is a friend for life. I love catching up with old friends; however, the best of old friends is our heavenly Father. There is no better person to connect with than Him. He not only knows what you are going through, but He alone can provide peace beyond understanding and joy that overflows. If you are feeling down right now, is it because you are not spending much time with the One who is above all? We were made to be in relationship with Him. Without our relationship with Him, we cannot be fully satisfied. 

Friendships require communication. It is certainly a special relationship when you can go without speaking for a few months or even years, and then reconnect like you never were apart. People come and go with seasons—some are more involved or less involved depending on the season you are working through. But this is not like the relationship we should have with God. God is a God of every season. If God is to speak into your life, to guide, to sustain, to provide, to comfort, etc., He should be someone you connect with daily. If you haven’t connected with Him lately, make the effort today. There is something special about being in His presence. The world, life and seasons, all look different through the lens of God—and basking in His presence will always make life brighter.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1 [ESV]

Double Check

Everything in life changes when you have a child. All of the sudden you have this other person you are responsible for and life is forever different. I remember the first day I was a mother. I remember staying awake just to watch my son and make sure he was breathing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. This was repeated with my daughter. Now my children are teens, but I am still the watchful mother. Today I found myself driving by the high school again to be sure that my daughter’s team showed up for practice, that she wasn’t left sitting alone with no communication. When I left her, the team had not yet showed up. Hence, the double check.

On the way home from the double check drive by, I couldn’t help but consider how God watches over us. He doesn’t have to double check to make sure we are still okay. He doesn’t get worried about what is going to happen to us. Things are very different when it comes to our relationship with God. He is our Father. We can cry out “Abba Father,” which means “Daddy.” But we also can rest assured that He is with us always. His Word shares this Truth. He misses nothing; He cares enough to double check, but He needs not do so because He is all-knowing and all-seeing.

Today, remember your heavenly Father Who is always with you. He cares for you as if you were His only child. He wants to be part of your life—He wants to be your life. He sent His one and only Son to earth to carry the sins of the world on His shoulders, to save you and me—to redeem us so that we are no longer separated from Him by our sin. He died on a Cross, a sinner’s death, though sinless. He rose from the dead and offers us the same resurrection life. He poured out His Spirit upon us. Simply by professing our belief in Jesus Christ we receive a new life—a life with our heavenly Father—an eternal life. By doing so, by professing your faith in Him, you are a child of God. Today, speak to your Father. Spend time in His presence. Enjoy Him. Rejoice in Him.

“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.” – Galatians 4:5-7 [NLT]