It’s 61 degrees outside right now and the sun shines down on the girls playing in the backyard. Folks along the street are raking and leaf-blowing. Last night, I stepped out of my car into the chill and breathed in deep the smell of chimney smoke from fireplaces being lit the first time this fall.
Perfect weather for the pumpkin patch.
We go every year and have taken pictures of my oldest out in the pumpkin field way back when we could barely gather her hair into a ponytail.
This year, though, I surprised the girls by secretly inviting a friend to join us on our family field trip. We stopped by to pick her up and when I opened the minivan door to present her to my daughters, the squeals of joy were fit for any celebrity popstar or princess.
Today we did all of the normal fall faire. We climbed on tractors and scaled hay mountains, ran through a corn maze, oohed and aahed over fluffy ducklings, laughed at the rooster’s rockstar hair-do, sat still for face painting, and searched an entire pumpkin field for the one perfect prize—for painting, carving, or pumpkin pie baking.
This year, though, we did it all with a friend and, while we’ve always enjoyed our trips, that made it even better.
About a year ago, a good friend of mine pointed out the tiniest passage in Scripture to me. Following a long litany of King David’s advisors and assistants, including men in charge of the vineyards and the treasury, his sheep and goats, donkeys, camels, olives, grapes and olive oil, as well as men appointed as his wise counselors and as tutors for his sons . . . one name stands out:
Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend (1 Chronicles 27:33).
He must have been a special and trustworthy friend indeed to be named among all those who were valued for their position, knowledge, and responsibility. He was valued for relationship.
Shouldn’t we all build into a friendship like that?
Thus, my verse for the week reminds us that in a world that pushes and races us through to-do lists and accomplishments and an ever-hectic dash from here to there and from this to that, sometimes what God really wants us to be is a friend.
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 HCSB)
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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