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I loved Jan from the moment I met her on our first day of kindergarten. We were kindred spirits right from the start. I loved her soft brown curls, her sweet smile, and her delightful imagination, and I loved to walk with her. One of our favorite things to do when we were together was to simply go out in the yard and walk around and around. As we walked and walked, we talked and talked and thought up all sorts of wonderful adventures. Unfortunately, our plans often went awry. On our own we were pretty low-maintenance, but somehow mishaps seemed to find us when we were together. I can still hear our mothers asking, “What are you two cooking up now?”
We usually were cooking up something, and calamity seemed to naturally follow close behind. Our attempts to mend our messes often led to even more misfortune, much to our dismay. I recall our astonishment one afternoon at the mound of soap suds lathering up waist high from the rug in Jan’s bedroom, as we tried to clean up after one of our escapades. Still we forged ahead with the best of intentions, like the day when, in an abundance of neighborliness, we went from house to house giving away jars of Jan’s mother’s homemade jellies and preserves. It just seemed like such a nice thing to do that it never occurred to us to ask permission first.
Undeterred by our blunders, we continued to walk regally around the yard, confidently planning future fun and, whenever possible, convincing Jan’s younger brothers to walk behind us, holding up the hems of our dress-up gowns as we pretended to be royalty.
Besides walking and talking and getting into jams, the thing I remember most about being with Jan was giggling. It seems like we never stopped.
The Bible is full of stories of God’s people having big adventures and making big mistakes. Some of the greatest adventures occurred in the life of Moses. He was sent by the Lord to perform all sorts of miraculous signs and wonders. Interestingly, in spite of the mighty miracles done through him, Numbers 12:3 tells us that Moses was more humble than anyone on earth. People don’t become humble by doing everything right so we can be sure that, even though God used him in amazing ways, Moses experienced his share of blunders. The secret to his humble yet powerful life is revealed in Deuteronomy 34:10 where we’re told that he knew God face to face. I believe Moses knew something very important that enabled him to move past his faults and failures: Our Heavenly Father does not get upset with us over our mistakes.
Jan and I were blessed with understanding mamas who were patient with our mess-ups and, in spite of the weariness they must have felt, somehow seemed to delight in our antics. We have a heavenly Father who is infinitely more patient and, according to Zephaniah 3:17, He delights in us. My childhood friendship is an illustration to me of the kind of relationship I’m invited into by my Heavenly Father. Micah 6:8 says that what God wants most is for His children to simply walk humbly with Him. He wants to walk and talk with me about the adventures He has planned for my life and, when I mess up, He wants me to continue to walk confidently with Him knowing that I am a beloved child of the One True King. And, because His Spirit is Joyful, there will be giggling involved. Definitely, lots of giggling

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