With the recent stress from the unknown heart condition my husband has been suffering, I have taken up knitting again.
I began to knit when I was a teen. Somehow, I found a way to make a sweater (which I never wore and which the elderly Scottish woman who taught me this hobby probably helped finish). That said, nowdays I have been making potholders. Lots of potholders. Very EASY potholders that require little more knowledge than how to cast on, bind off, and knit.
There is something very soothing about the repetition of knitting. An easy ‘solace’ if you will.
Certain people you meet in life have this same characteristic. You ‘bond’ to them as if they are another side to you. David felt that way about Jonathan, King Saul’s son. You might think there would be a ton of jealousy on Jonathan’s side. After all, HE was the son of the king and David’s popularity definitely threatened his potential reign. Yet, in David, Jonathan recognized a kindred soul. They were ‘knit together’ in friendship that was binding.
This was no physical relationship. It was a spiritually bonding friendship, much like we read about between Frodo and Sam-wise in The Lord of the Rings. You can see this in 1 Samuel 18: 1-4-And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and give it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
I believe that Jonathan knew his father well–his jealousy, his pride, his envious nature. Perhaps, Jonathan had suffered from his father’s wrath or felt that he couldn’t live up to this young man who was so heroic that he met Goliath face-to-face. Perhaps, in David, Jonathan witnessed the type of man he could become if given time and space. Maybe, Jonathan was so impressed by David’s simple faith that he saw in David the type of friendship and trust that was lacking in so many who would have worked to endear themselves to the son of the king.
Whatever the case may be, Jonathan and David are an example of true friendship.
You make a lot of ‘friends’ in your lifetime…but you make very few who are true unto death. Few are the ones you can call any time, day or night, from any where in the world and know that they will have your back or come when you call.
Have you become that kind of friend? Have you told your friends how much you treasure their friendship? Have you thought about how much true friendship matters?
Take a page out of Jonathan’s book today. Take time to show a friend how much you really care.