Do you ever sit back in awe of God’s hand in your life, amazed at how intricately He places people and things so perfectly in order to meet your current needs? He has worked His magic like only He can many times in my life and it seems like every time I am shocked and amazed, like I had completely forgotten how utterly awesome He can be! I tend to forget that He is always there working away for my greater good even when it feels like I am totally alone.
Over the last two years I have felt God pushing me toward some changes that I needed to make in my life. Changes that weren’t huge but would impact my life tremendously if I followed through. Changes that were far too easy to put off. Being overly dramatic I was POSITIVE that I was the ONLY one in the world that dealt with this stuff and nobody out there could possibly understand what I was going through. So I kept hitting the “ignore” button until…
Finally one day I had enough and I hit the breaking point; things just weren’t working anymore. I needed the changes in my life- yesterday. Reluctantly I resolved to take action but felt so alone. It would be so nice to vent this stuff to someone who truly understood but, again, I was the ONLY one who could possibly be dealing with this. “God please send me help!”
Help sometimes comes in unlikely forms and one day, out of the blue, I got an email from a friend, really more of an acquaintance, who randomly spilled her heart to me. I was utterly shocked… SHE was going through the SAME things as ME! Aside from a few minor details we were battling the same war. She was just like me in more ways than I ever expected. Unbelievable.
I had plenty of friends. Best friends. Amazing friends. Friends I could always count on. I wasn’t really looking for a new one. But God knew that there was someone else out there who could offer me something different. He brought the two of us together despite so many barriers knowing, way back when, that in the future we could give such hope and encouragement to each other through our similar struggles. Who knew?!
That precious lady has become such a valuable friend. A best friend. A HUGE comfort to me. I can share with her the parts of my life that I couldn’t share with anyone else. She sees me for exactly who I am and she gets me. She is one of the best gifts that God has so masterfully placed in my life.
You never know what or who God has in store for you. Friends, especially those friends who are handpicked by Him, are one of the greatest gifts you can acquire in this life. Next time you feel alone or misunderstood ask God to send a friend. He may send you the person you least expect but that will in turn be the greatest blessing that you could hope for.
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