There is something about an old, long-established friend that is special. The relationship is somehow… easier and I seldom worry about their opinion of me. Not because I don’t care, but because their opinion of me was taken care of a long time ago. As long as I continue to be myself, the opinion of a close friend isn’t likely to change.
Another advantage of this kind of friendship is that I feel more free to be exactly who I am and not put on any kind of front. Good friends see through formality and niceties to the real person. Even better, they want the real person more than the formal, overly polite version.
In the presence of real friends you can be mad, confused, and vulnerable with no worries of being judged unfairly. You can also ask for things you would never ask of anyone else and have an expectation that they will do everything they can to make it happen. They won’t think of you as moody or selfish because they know your heart. Real friends have seen you high, low, and everywhere in between… and choose to be around you anyway!
I have a few people that know me that way. A couple I have known since we were 5-years old. We could pick up the phone or see each after not talking for a VERY long time and to those around us, it would seem like we were picking up a conversation from just a few minutes before. No explanations, just relationship.
My wife, Tammy, and I have said numerous times that we ended up together because of how simple our relationship can be. To put it plainly; we ‘Get’ each other.
You know what I mean, right? If someone doesn’t understand a joke they say, “I don’t get it.” I’m sure most people in the world would look at Tammy and I laughing at something that no one seems to think is funny and thinks, “I just don’t get those two.” And to us, that’s completely okay! We get each other so it allows us to be who we are.
I have understood that about people for a long time. This weekend it was revealed to me in a brand new and very timely way.
My great friend and business colleague, Sandi Krakowski, has wonderfully strong spiritual gifts. Though I have seen and heard her use those gifts to deliver words of knowledge and wisdom from God to others, I had never asked her if she had one for me. This weekend I felt moved to do just that.
The message she relayed wouldn’t seem particularly poignant to the passerby, but it was for me. It met me right where I was and knocked me completely out of the little religious box I was standing in. The part that made it matter is what I want to share with you, in hopes that it will spur you on in the same way it has me.
She texted to me a lengthy bit of knowledge that was great and then, “…God said, He gets you…”
Sandi had no idea what I was thinking about or wrestling with, only what she heard. However, in that moment, my life changed.
The life I want (we don’t have enough room or time for me to go through it all) is ridiculously huge. I mean to the point of absurdity… and I love it!! Every bit of it is in my DNA! Since I turned my efforts toward the true desires of my heart I realized that it was God Himself who put them there! Therefore, each and every move toward them is in alignment with His will and set in motion for His purposes!
I couldn’t possibly think up some of the stuff that I burn for. Most of my life was spent in fear of things 1/10th the size of things I long for now. Not just one thing…ALL OF IT!!! Call me what you want (and some of you will), but if the God that created everything wants to blow my mind, I’m in!
Some of these things pose immense challenges and hard work, probable rejection from some people, and an enormous risk of failure by human standards. After all, there’s no way I can do them on my own. Not even one of them! And I want it all to happen anyway! (I’m going to wear out my ! key)
Here’s the thing… what I want may not excite you in the least. You shouldn’t want my stuff anyway. Want what’s on your heart.
You may not get me, but God does. He gets how extreme and over-the-top I am. He gets that I want seemingly unattainable things and I want them all at the same time! He totally gets me when I tell Him, “It’s never been done this way before and everyone says it has to be the old way, but I don’t want it that way. Let’s do it a new way!”
“He gets you” This three-word revelation has stoked my fire to a brand new height. I really can’t find more words to explain it and that’s saying something!
Better than even my closest friends, God gets me… and He gets you too.
Open your heart, you won’t surprise Him. Allow the desires of your heart to pour out and He’ll show you what to do. And like those best friends, but much better, He will always be there to see you through. Get it?
Be your best,