When He was finished, God looked at His creation and saw that it was good. He was well pleased. 

And somewhere along the way, God created me. He knit me together so perfectly unique. He hand-crafted me with the love and care He knew I would need. 

As I grew older, filled with gaps and lonely places, God wanted to comfort me, so He made a friend. And guess what? He hand-crafted you, too!

He handmade us—each one for the other. 

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He knew we would need comfort on those hard days. When life became too much to bear. He knew we would need someone to grow and change with. Seasons come and go—life changes and so do we. 

So God made a friend. 

He knew we would need someone to love and who would love us back, too. With all of life’s difficulties, love would overcome it all. He knew we would need someone to give us grace for all the times we couldn’t get it quite right. Mishaps and mistakes call for an extra dose.

So God made a friend.

He knew we would find ourselves alone in the night, as we rocked a fussy baby and wondered,  Am I alone in all this? He knew we would need to be pushed and challenged in the best kind of way, someone to get us outside of our comfort zone.

So God made a friend.

He knew there would be times when our hearts carried too much. We would need someone to shoulder our secrets, too. He knew one day we would walk down the aisle, and we would need someone to stand by our side. He knew we would need someone to make that toast and special speech. 

So God made a friend.

He knew at some point, our hearts would be broken. We would need someone to grieve with us and celebrate, too. He knew we would need someone to share late-night Wendy’s fries and Frostys with as we consoled ourselves from those miserable haircuts.

So God made a friend.

He knew we would need someone to dream with, who would fully support us and understand even though they may seem silly or totally out of reach. He knew at some point we would find ourselves crying in a corner. We would need someone to find us and get us back home. 

So God made a friend. 

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He knew we would find ourselves battling all kinds of things. We would find ourselves in a deep well of darkness. He knew we would need someone to grab us by the hand, guide us and grow with us, learn with us, grieve with us, laugh with us, and live with us, dream with us, and pray with us. 

So God made a friend.

Shandyn Paul

Shandyn Paul is blogger and Christian writer who lives in a small town in Ohio. She is married to her best friend and biggest supporter, David. Together they have two boys, who keep life busy and interesting. She started writing her blog, http://wwww.theanchoredmama.wordpress.com/ because of a calling she felt from God during a 2am feeding session with her youngest son in 2015. She took a leap of faith and has been writing ever since. Her hope is to encourage and inspire others through God's Word.