“Kindred Spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. Its splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~ Anne Shirley
It is such a blessing to see my daughters squeal in delight and throw their arms around their kindred spirits, who happen to be sisters as well. I love it when they leave each other with hugs at school, only to be reunited with hugs and squeals ten minutes later at dance class.
In my experience, a true kindred spirit is a rarity. I have had a few friendships that I would consider kindred spirits, but it seems they usually change over time. Life circumstances change, people move, priorities are different. She may find a new good friend, which I’m always happy about. I am not the type of person that wants my friends to exclusively spend time with me. But – it still feels a little weird when my best friend calls another to do the things we’ve always done together.
Can anyone relate, or is it just me?
I was in the shower talking to Jesus the other day. (We have our best conversations in the shower, when I have a minute to think straight) I asked the Lord if I would ever have that kind of kindred spirit where I wouldn’t worry about things changing and we would always just “click.”
I heard him loud and clear in my mind. “What about me?” He was right. How many times has He been longing to spend time with me like we used to, and I’ve had better things to do? In addition to being my Savior, he is always there, waiting to be my kindred spirit friend. He really does love me, and wants to spend time with me.
Since my love language is quality time, I tend to think of the practical side of friendship. Doing things together, going to the park or pool, etc. If I don’t have someone with me, I tend to feel lonely. There are also many times when I have lots of friends around, and still feel a little lonely. But Jesus is always there! What if I made it a point to strive to be conscious of His presence in every moment? When I’m making dinner, tending the garden, at the park with my kids, doing housework. (yuk!) I have a feeling I’ll be a little more content this summer.
So here’s to my new best friend, who has actually been there all along: Jesus. May I have the eyes to see him, and the heart to receive him.
A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Pro 18:24
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph 3:17