Last night, our first out-of-state house guests arrived to visit us since our move to Georgia. My good friend, Michelle and her two children made the 650+ mile journey down from North Carolina yesterday to spend the week with us. I am thrilled to see them. I thought I would re-share a post I wrote a few years ago about the words that started it all.
I hope to spend lots of time sitting on this porch swing together and catching up!
Originally Posted- October 19, 2010
Friends come and friends go,
but a true friend sticks by you like family.(Proverbs 18:24 MSG)
I hope that when you read this verse, a certain friend instantly pops into your thoughts. Everyone needs at least one friend like this to walk with them through life. I have felt blessed to have a handful of these special people in my life. Some live miles away from me now, but I know I can count on them. They are there to celebrate the joys with me and to make me laugh until my stomach aches. They are there through the dark times too. Their words of encouragement, their listening ear and their warm hugs are there to lift me up.
God never intended for us to go it alone. We need friends. I moved to North Carolina nine years ago, knowing absolutely nobody. Within a month, I found a church family. I quickly joined the Sunday night ladies Bible study. One night, as we were sharing, I broke down in tears. I confessed the ache on my heart…I need a friend!
It just so happened to be the month of June. It just so happened that a girl named Michelle was in that same ladies Bible study. It just so happened Michelle was a teacher and was on summer vacation. Michelle looked at me and said, “I’ll be your friend!”
And so, a friendship began. There was an instant connection, an instant bond. We sat together at church on Sunday mornings and people were surprised when they would find out we had just met each other. We were so comfortable with one another.
Over the past decade, Michelle and I have done Bible studies together, prayed together, laughed together, and cried together. I found out after our friendship grew that, it just so happened, Michelle had been praying for a friend to come into her life.
God never intended for us to go it alone.
If you enjoyed this post, please take a moment to click on over to Rachel Olsen’s Devotional Carnival-Friendship. It just so happens, she has a great post about friendship that is worth the read! You might also want to participate and post why friendships are so special to you.