You’ve Got a Friend

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

Mark 1:6 NIV

John the Baptist was a happy camper out in the wilderness of Judea. These days, people would pay a lot of money to wear camel hair anything, but John’s camel’s hair clothing was not what you’d call fancy, and likely was quite “aromatic.” Food would’ve been hard to come by too. Eating honey fresh from the hive would certainly be pleasant, but can you imagine John the Baptist dipping locusts into the sweet, sticky stuff and crunching away?

Some people, like John the Baptist, prefer a little space away from civilization. They have a “Don’t Fence Me In” kind of style, and that’s okay. But if you live out in the deep country, way out in the boonies, you might feel overlooked, like you live on another planet. No one comes to see you. There aren’t any exciting cities or towns near you. No airport hub either. And you alone are not enough reason to draw friends, even your own family, to visit you in the remote Timbuck-three area where you reside. You might as well make friends with a raccoon.


There is, however, one faithful friend who will stick with you closer than a brother—like grits to a spoon: the Holy Spirit (Proverbs 18:24). No matter where you live or work, or where you go, He will always be with you and will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).


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