Her birthday was coming and I couldn't think of what to get her. I wanted something personal. I wanted to give her something special, close, connected, ...something tender. So, I made her a book---my sweet friend. I made a scrapbook to celebrate her.
It wasn't hard or a chore, it was a delight. Truly. I treasure her friendship in my life and so it brought much joy to find pictures and write a bit about her.
And, when it came to describing her, the words came easily. I could easily have listed 10 more words to describe my friend. I couldn't have done this five years ago. I knew her then, yes, but our knowledge of each other has grown past simple knowledge, or the light friendship we had five years ago.
These days, we talk a lot, this friend and me. And, we are in each other's lives a lot. I am beginning to learn what she might say, or think or feel in any given circumstances. Learning, that is---because she is complex and the learning opportunities never end. But, that said, finding words to describe her is easy. I know her more and so putting a few words on a page to describe her was a breeze.
This is what I want in my relationship with God. I know Him. I believe I know Him well. Certainly I know Him much more than I did 20 years ago when we first met! But, there is still so much to know about Him. And, I long to know Him that much more!
As I set my sails toward "the knowledge of God" this year, I have started a new habit. I took a chunk from the back pages of my journal and relegated them to the collection of data---data about God. Words, phrases, ideas. As I journey through Scripture this year, it is my goal to write down (maybe daily, even) what I find out about Him. Just one word, or phrase, at a time.
I tried this just once yesterday, reading Isaiah 55 and filled a half of a page of different words to describe who He is. What fun!
So, just as I did for my friend, I guess I am making another book---of sorts--- for Best Friend. My God.
To celebrate Him. And, to know Him better. My sweet Friend. My kind Father. My ever present Counselor. My savior.