Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NLT)
I recently had the opportunity to meet some dear friends for much-needed reunion dinner. We have been in each other’s lives for 13+ years. We have watched friends die, prayed each other through trials that seemed they would never end and cried tears of both joy and sadness together. Life can get in the way as the kids get older and their social lives intertwine with our own. You go from managing 2 social lives to 4 or 5 (depending on how many kids you have). That makes the moments you can get together that much more special.
As I waited on them to arrive, I watched . . . .
I saw women slowly sipping wine while sharing a celebratory high-five. I imagined what they could be celebrating and my heart celebrated with them. Then my eyes scanned to another table as I watched two women deep in a hushed conversation with grave expressions and my heart sank as I pondered what they were sharing. Was it a divorce, unwelcome diagnosis, a prodigal child, straying husband, dealing with aging parents . . . . . ?
I realized that whether the women were celebrating or grieving, I was so thankful that they had one another. Another woman to come along side them to love, support and hopefully pray for them. We are always to seek God first, but He places His children (His daughters and our sisters) in our path with a word, a hug and encouragement. We can be their answer to prayer when we take the time to get past our fears, jealousy, business and insecurities and build friendships with other women.
There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother. (NLT)
We are ALL daughters of a KING!
As my mind started to unwrap all the thoughts packed within it, I looked up and saw the smiling faces of my two friends approaching. I stood up and we embraced in long overdue hugs. Taking a much-needed deep breath as I sat back down, I felt so blessed to be in the presence of friends. Friends I know will always point me back to God for the ultimate answers, friends who will listen intently, ask the tough questions and throw out a high-five when needed. Which of your friends needs some one-on-one time with you? A listening ear? A word of encouragement? Which of your friends needs a prayer or flowers on their door step today?
Carve out some time and be that angel walking on Earth for a Heavenly Father that wants us to come alongside each other to love, listen and lift-up.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:13–15 (NLT)