Two unlikely friends!
I took this picture today of the alligator and turtle at the Viera Wetlands. I love going out there because there's almost always some great birding photo opportunities. It got me to thinking what is a friend? Dictionary.com defines friend as a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. These two guys seem to be attached but I'm not sure it it's either of the above descriptions.
Proverbs 27:10 says do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father. Long-term friendship is precious indeed. We cannot choose our brothers and sisters, but a friend, freely chosen, can sometimes be closer than a blood relative. Many of us have relatives, even children, who live far away but often our friends or friend is nearby.
Who do you call friend? I am blessed to have several close and dear friends! Jesus called His disciples "friend." Luke 12:4, John 21:5 We are like the 5 people we hang around the most (not including) family. We need to guard our inner circle. We are the light of the world - we are to reflect God's light!
Abraham was called God's friend! Isaiah 41:8, 2 Chronicles 20:7, James 2:23
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24b
Arise, Shine; For your light has come! Isaiah 60:1
Great Blue Herons are usually seen singly but may migrate or roost in flocks.