That's What Friends are For

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam, no suitable helper was found. Genesis 2:20 (NIV)

Today I had lunch with a couple of friends. We laughed a lot and got caught up on what was going on in each other's lives. Too soon our time together ended and we made plans to "do this again real soon." I hopped in my little red Ford Focus and headed for home. 

Do you realize that of all of God's creations, mankind is the only one who makes friends? We alone have an innate need to share our lives with others. Sure birds of a feather flock together, so the saying goes. But man is the only one with an overwhelming desire to connect with others on an emotional and intellectual level. 

God recognized this when he made Adam. He said, "It is not good for man to be alone," (Genesis 2:18) and so He created Eve. But first, He had Adam name all the animals so Adam could see that there was not another creation like himself in the entire garden. God let Adam discover his need first, then God provided. I wasn't there, but I think this was so Adam would cherish Eve all the more. 

I cherish my friends. I cherish my husband. I had a need for them, and they were provided. And I smile to know that they cherish me, too.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the wonderful gift of friendship. May I never take my friends, or You, for granted. Amen.