I am a 30 something married woman with three small children. I am tired of living a life full of hustle and bustle. I want to slow down to smell the daisies, or roses, or whatever flowers are blooming at the time I stop to smell them. I am ready to make big changes in my life. I am ready to make my life more simple.
This is the story of how I simplified my life.
“How long have we known each other?” I asked her feeling like it was the first time we noticed each other.
“Five years,” she replied.
“How did we not notice each other before now?”
“I was here,” she responded with a slight grin, as if she knew all along we would be close friends.
Like a beam of light passing through the darkness of night, people come into our lives. They brighten up what has been dimmed by trouble, hardship, circumstances. It is seldom that these beams last a lifetime, but the ones that are brief can make an impact as great as the ones that last a little longer.
I had been so busy rowing my boat one particular way that I didn’t notice there was a boat rowing right up against me; its bow gently tap-tapping at mine.
I have heard it said that when God closes a door, He always opens another. I would have to admit that most of the time I am so busy struggling to pry open a particular door or fight desperately to keep a certain door ajar that I forget to look around and notice the doors that He has, in His wisdom, strategically opened.
What if people are purposefully placed in our path for a specific reason? What if there is a bigger purpose for our crossing lives?
Are relationships orchestrated? Arranged?
What if we are to embrace and invest into those He has chosen to drop into our lives? Not to neglect or let go of old friends, oh no, but to embrace those who happen to be crossing our path in the present time. To spend enough time to bond deeply so that there will be a lasting impact. How many times have I been so caught up in my ideas for my life, that I miss out on the gifts He has placed before me? Sometimes those gifts are people.
When I look back over the years, I see the many gifts of friendship He has given me.
Friend upon friend has crossed my way. So many faces, so many names. Each friend has been a blessing to me. Though seasons of friendship change, their impact upon our life remains. I think back at all the people who have been a part of my life, and I am grateful for each and every dear friend.
"Five years, Emily??? It feels like we just met,” I said in all sincerity with a little bit of sadness for not having partnered up with her sooner.