Friends are such an important part of our lives. In Northwest Oklahoma City, I grew up with David and he was my best friend from 8th grade through 12th grade at Putnam City High School when I went to PC West. In fact, we were very different as he was a talented wrestler and I was average in the drama arena. We both loved sports but I was never the athlete David was because he could run fast, bench press more than I could and he quickly became a varsity wrestler pretty early as an underclassmen in his high school years. I quickly got leads in school plays as an under class man and David and I were different, but we both wanted to win.
The more we knew each other, the more fun we had together. When it came time to finally graduate from our two schools, even though we lived in the same neighborhood of Rock Knoll, I wrote something in his yearbook something very prophetic. I didn't remember it exactly, but it read something silly like this.
"Dear David, What a great time we had together all through junior high and high school, we will probably go our separate ways now to college, and like most adults begin to lose touch. I just wanted you to know, I have really enjoyed being your buddy and I wish you all the best, See you Later Kevin"
What was amazing was that I spoke a self fulfilling prophecy into existence. I basically said very selfishly I was going to be moving away, I would lose track and we had a great time, but those times must be coming to an end. After really thinking about this, what a doom and gloom kind of projection for me to share with a man I had come to love hanging out with. Only later in life did I apologize and tell him how much I missed our friendship.
Can you imagine if you said this to God?
"Hey God, thanks for all the great memories but we have spent enough time together and well, I am pretty busy and I won't be coming around much anymore. I really enjoyed getting to know you and wish you all the best! See you Later God" How would that make God feel, or even worse, what if God said that to you??
"Hey Kevin, I am sorry you feel the way you do about me, I guess I bored you. Well little man you just go about your own way and best to you too. See you Later Kevin"
Here is the sad part, God is and will ALWAYS be there for you and for me, so don't even think about leaving His love and mercy. It's sad when you live a life away from God and there are NO direct lines to the Creator, except through His Son Jesus.
I can't imagine living a life without His love, His mercy and His goodness. This would be very sad. You see, I have a responsibility to Him, to invest in His love, to communicate my adoration, to praise Him for all He has done, to confess when I mess up and yes, even to petition when I need certain miracles in my life. God is consistent, unlike me or some graduating high school friend.
David's wife communicated with me this week a horrible tragedy and on October 1, they lost their daughter to mental illness and addiction. The pain they are currently going through is unbearable. To lose a child I think would be the most difficult and challenging of all pains. For those of you who read this blog, please pray for my friends and their precious family. Please ask the Lord to guide them, comfort them, heal them and let them feel YOUR LOVE most of all.
Help us Lord to never say SEE YOU LATER GOD, because there are no needs for goodbyes to those we love. One day, we will see them again when we get to Heaven. There WILL BE great rejoicing and you can count on this because He promised this for all of us
I love you,
Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church.