Hold Them Close

My husband said something to me recently that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to due to seeing this played out in our lives with people we know.

He said that sometimes God puts people in our lives for a moment, some for a season, and some for a lifetime.

Proverbs 27:9 says. . .the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

Throughout my life I have found this to be true. When I look back, I see people who were in my life for only a moment. At the time I thought we would be part of each other’s lives forever, but as things in our lives changed, our relationship shifted, and we went down different paths. They were there but for a moment.

I’ve had friends that are there for a season. It could be a few months or perhaps years. They get you through some hard times and are sent to you from God to help you along the way.   

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.  

And then there are the friends that have been there for me for a lifetime.

Those are treasures from God. They walk beside us through each mountain and valley we must walk through, and they lift us up and enrich our lives along the way.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 says, If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Sometimes, we are the friends that are put into someone’s life to help them for a moment, or a season, maybe even a lifetime.

No matter where you are in your relationship with a friend, hold them close and cherish them and their friendship because they are all true gifts from God, no matter the season or the reason.      

All the best…

Mary Alford


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