“Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2 AMP
I’ve decided that every Thursday, I’m going to post a Thank You note or thoughts on what I’m thankful for. (No, the aliteration is not an accident…of course. I’m a teacher and a writer, what would you expect!?)
This morning I was thinking how terribly I miss a friend I used to work with. She was a great prayer support for me personally and for many people in the organization. Her absense is a noticable one! It makes me sad when I think that someone who was an integral part of my day-to-day work life is no longer in that role.
Yet, a lot of friends over the years have been just like her. Women who are very influential to me; who have impacted my walk with God, my family, my ability to process life well. And yet, many of them are no longer part of my life! I guess this reality IS a part of life. God puts people in our lives for a reason…and sometimes just for a season. That doesn’t negate their impact or lesson their value in our lives. It’s sad, but it seems to be part of life.
Instead of mourning of bemoaning the fact that some people come and go…I want to be thankful for the time they are IN my life. I’m so thankful for the time my friend spent with me, praying, listening, laughing. I’m thankful that God always seems to send the right person at the right time to be that support I need. And now that she is not part of my daily life, other friends will come along.
I had great friends in Lincoln who I don’t talk to much anymore. It’s not just the distance. It’s also the fact that we are in different seasons of life now. Maybe someday we’ll all be close again (or they will find me on Facebook! I can hope…) but if not, I am really glad they were in my life for a time. I think each one deposited something into my life. I hope I am doing the same for the friends that are in my life now, regardless of how long we spend together.
LIfe is changing in places I want it to stay the same…and not changing in those areas I want (and need) it to so desperately. Yet, change when it comes always leads to a better thing–at least for those whom God calls His own.
“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God
is worked into something good.” Romans (8:28 MSG)