I was reading 1Samual 18 the other day and the firendship between Jonathan and David struck me again. Verse one talks about how Jonathan became one in spirit with David and loved him as he loved himself. Then in verse four Jonathan gives David his robe, tunic, sword, bow and belt.
Such dedication to a man that would take the throne from him! I know David is the star of the story, but I find Jonathan's dedication to be inspiring. His devotion is so unlike what one would expect from a man in his position. Here he is, next in line for the throne of Israel, and he's giving his place, willingly, to David, and ready to be David's second. Such selfless abandon!
I think their friendship is a wonderful example of putting other's before ourselves, even if it means giving them something we want. This is not an easy thing to do. And I don't think we are capable of this selfless love without God's hand. I would love to be able to say I do this easily, but I would be lying. But reading it did make me want to truly be the best friend I could to those special people in my life.
God's wisdom in this continuously keeps me in awe. He always puts the right person in my life at the right time, but you know what's really amazing? Sometimes I'm the one He's putting in someone's life at the right time. That blows me away to think He can use me that way. How wonderful!
I am richly blessed with so many wonderful people who have touched my life in special ways. And a few of them I have the sincere pleasure of walking along side in life on a daily basis.
So to all my dear friends out there, thank you for being in my life. Even if it's only for a brief while, you'll be in my heart forever.