Their friendship spans well over 30 years, many states and even more joys and heartaches. Time and distance however, has never interfered with the connection that the Holy Spirit has always given them. Love, laughter, loss, pain and joy are the sinew that forever entwines the tapestry of their lives. Busy lives and multiple responsibilities prevent them from talking very often but whenever they see the other’s name pop up on their phones, their conversation picks up right where it left off, knowing that this new moment would end before they would fully catch up with all the newest events. This weekend promised to give them a precious gift… 30 short, but God-ordained hours to reconnect, remember and renew. Their list of questions for one another was long, but the Holy Spirit winnowed out the necessary conversations and made quiet time for them to happen.
What joy that even though God closes chapters in our lives, He opens new ones but also allows us to revisit the earlier ones to reflect on triumphs, lessons, His love, and moments and truths He has taught. These friends turned pages in those chapters and laughed, cried and reflected together. Details of life’s paths that God had kept for this special time poured out. Quiet, country peace infused with God’s Spirit brought healing laughter that brought breathless moments and tears. All moments combined and brought joy and new memories.
All too quickly these hours were gone and goodbye hugs were forced to occur. As one friend boards her plane, the other sits alone in the quiet, dark morning and watches the pre-flight process from inside the airport. Emotions whirled as the realization that God had suspended her grief for years until these hours would bring on the full reality of the loss and pain her friend had endured. She whispered “Goodbye for now precious friend” as the plane lifted from earth’s surface. She walked to the restroom and suddenly heard painful sobs cry out. Shocked, she realized the sobs she heard were her own. At first, she struggled to overcome but with no success. Suspended grief gave way to a flood of tears like she had never known, healing tears that washed her soul. As she walked the aisles on a quick grocery store stop, Jesus continued to minister to her heart. As her questions of WHY??? poured out before God, Jesus spoke the song “Further along you’ll know all about it” to soothe her heart and bring a smile to her lips. She beamed with the joy that another conversation would soon be picked up where these hugs left off and she praised God for 30 hours of joy!