Recently, I visited my best friend and her family. It has been a very busy several months for me with a lot of time on travel, and the long weekend of rest and fellowship was just what I needed. On my first night there, their beautiful four children asked me to tuck them into bed. “Why, yes! Aunt Nicole would love to!”
My best friend looked at me with a sweet, knowing smile and then said something to the effect of, “You should probably get some water first.” I soon found myself engaged in an all-out tuck-a-thon. I was either experiencing their great love for mom’s best friend, or, possibly, I had a late night revolution on my hands. (“Vive la resistance! Fight sleep at all costs…Aunt Nicole is here!”) I think it was the love. Apparently, their love language is “quality time,” too.
Later that night, when I finally made it to my guest room, I found something waiting for me. The bestie had placed a Bible on my bedside table and left a candle burning for me. Apple blossoms or sandalwood or something perfect filled the air. The room had become a sanctuary, and I smiled because only a best friend would know how perfectly that gift would be for me. I guess no matter how old you are, having someone tuck you in still feels pretty good.
When you care about someone, you think about what they would need and you try to anticipate it. When you love someone, you think about what would bless them. It’s funny how a small blessing can touch the heart of a loved one in such a big way, no matter how long you’ve known them.
In the end, it’s actually pretty easy to show love.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35