Do you have a friend that you just feel connected deeply to, like a soul sister? There is just a really strong bond that binds you two together. You love them so much that you would do anything for them. You have even risked your own happiness to be sure that they were happy.
Those soul sister relationships are amazing!
This morning I was reading through the 1 Samuel account of the friendship of Johnathan and David. I've always been drawn to this friendship. It just seems like such a beautiful picture of the kind of relationship that we all want.
This friendship was built on love, trust, and care and concern for the other. 1 Sam 18:2 says that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. Man! Who doesn't want a friendship like that, one where your very souls are knit together!
How does that even happen? How does that even look? It's so vastly different than most friendships we see.
One of my favorite verses about this relationship, and what I think sets it apart from most friendships is 1Sam 23:16. "And Saul's son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God."
I'm telling you, there is a big difference between friendships and real, intimate, authentic soul sister relationships. There is a depth to these soul sister friendships that just goes beyond the norm. And for me, one of the things that solidifies these soul sister friendships is that characteristic of strengthening and encouraging one another in God.
That's a big deal.
A friend can give me advice and listen to me talk. They can even help, but a soul sister takes you to the feet of Jesus. They go there with you in prayer and keep you there with their conversation and actions. They cover you in His love and bathe you in His truth.
Spending time with them is like getting a little glimpse of Jesus.
I can remember praying earnestly that God would just send me some real soul sisters to encourage me and draw me closer to Him when I was in a difficult season in life.
God answered that prayer and I couldn't be more grateful!
I've been blessed with a couple of nearly lifelong friendships that I just treasure beyond measure. They mean the world to me! However, in the last several years God has knit my heart together with several women in ways that can only be described as divine. They are my mentors and counsellors. They are my prayer warriors and ministry partners. They are the ones who know the nitty gritty, real parts of me and love me anyway.
They are also the ones who constantly go with me, hand in hand, to the feet of Jesus.
Friends, I can't even begin to describe what an answer to prayer these friends are. Seek these people out. Pray for God to send you these soul sisters to strengthen you in God, just like Jonathan and David. Be the real and authentic you that God created you to be so that these friends can be grounded and genuine. Ask God to grow your friendships into those soul sisterhoods that you long for. He is able.
And to my soul sisters, I love you. Thank you for always helping me to find my strength in God.
Love and blessings,