In the news recently due to the drought that has spread across the heartland is the sad truth of so many trees dying, especially Christmas trees. In our neck of the woods, trees have been dropping leaves for what seems like months now. I am not a horticulturalist but I suspect we haven’t seen the last of the “fruit” of this drought. We had such a mild winter (no snow days for school and maybe only about 3-4″ of snow) and only maybe a week or two of cold weather that bugs are out en mass. We had this weird type of sap-like junk that covered roads, cars, tents, whatever was sitting underneath it. Now, I am not complaining about a mild winter. I didn’t mind not shoveling. I didn’t mind not slip sliding all over the place. I didn’t mind riding my bike almost all winter, except for a few weeks. But we are paying the price for the lack of winter and now rain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge called friendship a “sheltering tree.” I like that picture. On a blistering hot summer day I like being able to pull my car underneath the shade offered by a full tree (and yes I try to park so the shade will “follow” my car). Coleridge knew whereof he spoke. Close friends to William Wordsworth, they published a book of poems together. But Coleridge’s addiction to opium doomed his marriage and his friendship with Wordsworth. In 1816 a sympathetic physician helped him gain control over his habit and one of the fruits of that was his renewed friendship with Wordsworth. That is when he wrote that “Friendship is a sheltering tree.”
Friends have been called many things;
My soul mate.
My right arm.
Closer than a brother.
So many others my mind spins trying to think of them all. We all need them…even though some say they don’t. The Beatles knew they “got by with a little help from their friends.” King David sure needed friends. His biography is littered with lists of friends, of men who stuck by him through thick and thin. Ittai. Zadok and Abiathar. Hushai. Shobi. Machir. Barzillai. Eleazar. Shammah. Abishai. Benaiah. 3 unnamed who sneaked into Jerusalem for water. All household names.
BUT WHETHER THEY ARE OR NOT TO US, THEY PLAYED A HUGE PART IN DAVID’S SURVIVAL.
Quite frankly, I am not sure he could have made it without them. We come to part of David’s story where he is on the run from Absalom and he needs every friend he can get! Like me. I need everyone I can get. Like you. I suspect you are the same. Count your friends as essentials to your survival. I do.
Do you have friends? Do you make friends easily? Besides your spouse (if you are married), do you have a friend you can go to? How often do you tell/show your appreciation? Have a great weekend.