This weekend I was blessed to be able to escape for a little while. Even if it was only going to the home of some friends in the same town that I live in. Even if I had nothing planned. It was fabulous. I spent most of my weekend lounging by a pool drinking, laughing and resting with my best friend. It was refreshing, glorious, needed and so good for my heart. I would love to tell you about all of the fun things that we did but we didn’t do much of anything. That was the point of it all. So thankful for a husband that loves me enough to let me go away for some needed rest.
It was also awesome to be able to spend the weekend together. I value our friendship so much. Maybe it is because I am older now and I see that I have found something worth treasuring. Maybe it is that we have been through so much together. When I think back to the tornado I can still close my eyes and hear her screaming my name. She was trying to get to a home that was no longer there (she didn’t know that at the time) when a huge tree in the middle of the road blocked her from going any further. She was just half a block away from my house, saw the roof was gone and came running. I still think back on the months after the tornado and I am so glad that we were in it together. Tearing down, dreaming and rebuilding our homes together. Other times I think about a time in my life where it felt like I didn’t really have any friends. It seemed my closest friend was 2 hours away and I was so lonely. I cried and prayed for a friend, a real friend. My prayers went on for what seemed like months but God answered them through her and many other good friends since then. So thankful the way God brings people into our lives. He knows we need support, we need to be a part of a healthy functioning body. We weren’t meant to go at things alone and he brings people into our lives when we need it, to stand with us and sometimes even prop us up when it feels like we can’t stand alone.
C.S. Lewis said
“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
I couldn’t agree with him more.
I love you friend.