One of my dear friends who lives in Australia was in town this weekend, and it was such a delight to spend the evening with her! By way of background, she is a native Australian who moved to the States for about a decade. She recently decided to head back home so she could spend more time with her immediate family.
My friend – let’s just call her Emma – was kind enough to treat me to dinner, which was a thoughtful surprise. We spent hours doing what close friends usually do – talking and catching up on each others’ lives over a tasty meal.
The time just flew by! Despite the many miles of ocean that separate us geographically, I am reminded that we are still in very similar seasons in our lives, and are experiencing similar blessings – and struggles, too.
It’s nice to know that she is praying for me in Australia, and I am praying for her here in California (as if the limitations of our physical geography mean anything to a totally sovereign God, right?). Emma truly is a blessing that the Lord unexpectedly brought my way about three years ago, and she has quickly become a dear friend and sister in Christ.
I believe that this verse from Proverbs 18 sums up what I’m feeling today:
I am grateful for Emma – truly, as Solomon writes in this verse, “a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” What a happy reunion this evening was; I look forward to seeing Emma again next year around this time,
Dear Lord, what a wonderful blessing good friends are – despite the distance that sometimes separates us, these relationships somehow get deeper and stronger over time..
I lift up Emma to You, Lord. You know her specific needs and desires – for the purposes of her privacy, I won’t detail them here – and I pray that Your will be done in every sphere and circumstance in her life.
In Your name I pray, Amen.