Well, I have been very blessed to say YES to those questions. I have more than one friend like that actually, but I’m thinking of one dear friend in particular today. We clicked right away and now she has to move. Over 9 hours away! Sniff! Sniff!
This friend is one of the most caring, strong, kind, and godliest women (I could go on) I’ve ever met. She is such an example to me and everyone around her. Her witness and counsel have been strong and true, and given in loving kindness. And I am so grateful for that. “Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.” Prov. 27:9 (NASB)
As the world sees her, she is beautiful. But what is most important is that she is beautiful on the inside. Indeed, her outer beauty cannot be denied…..she is so tall and graceful. Whereas, ....well, I am not. I am more of medium height and frequently an accident waiting to happen. =) But none of that matters. “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7 (NASB) Our friendship is blessed by God and I am grateful for such a wonderful gift.
I will treasure our friendship always, no matter how many miles stretch between us. So, dear friend, I will miss you a great deal. But I know that our friendship will remain intact and strong. E-mail, instant messaging, and the phone will sure come in handy.
This blog entry is for you, dear friend – you know who you are -- and I hope you know how greatly you will be missed. But at the same time, prayers will be floating towards heaven on your behalf as you embark upon this wonderful new journey that God has placed before you. You are my sister in Christ and I am honored to have such a sister as you.