Great friendship is a flower that blooms in due season.
It is beautiful and fragrant.
It brightens your day each time you see it.
Just like a flower, friendships are delicate and can wither.
There is a strong desire to preserve and protect the greatest friendships.
You may need to prune and pluck, but the root is good.
A few weeks ago one of my very best friends contacted my husband to find out exactly where I could be so she could surprise me.
Over the past few years she has been a rock! We have prayed with each other through some amazingly painful times. More importantly, we prayed and celebrated with each other through some wonderfully amazing blessings. She was a prayer and accountability partner during my most painful time of spiritual growth. She has been a shoulder to cry on when I was disappointed or embarrassed. She was a shoulder to cry on when I was so excited to meet my husband. She has been a listening ear for so many years and I thank God for her.
During the many years that we have known each other we have had some really great times, but just like any beautiful flower, parts our our friendship had to change and die. As she and I become new creatures in Christ, as we live each day, we also have to hold each other accountable for the ugly things we see. God is so funny though. Before either of us had a significant other, our arguments and navigation through appropriate constructive criticism were great exercises in learning to effectively discuss matters with our spouses. God uses every opportunity to prepare you, if you let him, for the next step. Having good, God fearing friends who will hold you accountable without judging is super important.
So one evening Jonathon tells me he wants to take me to a bakery he just heard about. Now if you know me, you know I love sweets. So, I happily hopped in the car. As I surveyed the menu I heard someone say behind my back, "Ma'am have you decided what you want?" This was not the voice of the young lady behind the counter. LOL I turned around and just burst into tears. I'm so sappy sometimes, but I was just so happy to see my friend. I had just been telling her and Jonathon that I miss my friends. The fact that she rearranged her schedule to come see me meant everything! I am so blessed to have such an amazing friend. And she brought me a bouquet of my favorite flowers! :) :)