Friday, June 25, 2010
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and early loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14
Something really great happened this week. Once upon a time a dear friend and I had a parting of ways. It wasn't as if there was this huge fight or anything, we just stopped communicating and then as the years went on, we lost track of each other. This has bothered me and I prayed for God to heal my hurting heart, but each time I thought of the broken friendship, those feelings of hurt and upset were still there. I think that when friendships are broken we mourn that. A few months ago, I came back into contact with this friend through email. We began to catch up on life and have a few exchanges about what we are currently doing, but the issues from before were not addressed. This week my friend and I were able to discuss the issues that had come between us and we forgave each other. What a freeing feeling! After all of those years of praying that God would restore this relationship or at least give me some closure, it finally happened. We both were able to see things from the other's perspective. We were able to see that we both had some growing up to do and that it took time for us to understand the other's point of view.
As I opened my Bible tonight, these were the verses that my eyes were fixed upon. It's amazing how God does that. He knows what we need, when we need it, whether it be affirmation that He is working things out according to His plan or words to convict us of wrongdoing. His Word is always true and always relevant to whatever is happening in our lives.
These are for you, friend...our favorite once upon a time snack, until we can share them together again.