A few years ago, I received an e-mail from a dear friend. We hadn’t seen or spoken to each other in 15 years or more. Imagine my surprise when I saw a message from her in my inbox at work! Get this: I had been searching for her off and on for years. She and her family had been displaced from their home in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged parts of that beautiful city.
I had heard from some of my friends who lived there, but no one knew where Sonya and her family were living. At every turn, I reached a dead end. I was so hopeful each time I discovered a lead then crestfallen when, yet again, I reached a dead end. Sonya and I were best buddies living in Florida all those years ago. We had both been recruited to teach in South Florida, and we both landed in the same town along with two of our mutual friends. Before then, I didn’t know her.
During the course of those four years, we were inseparable. She and I, along with the other Louisiana Girls (as we were affectionately known) taught during the day and just enjoyed life for as long as we were there. We shared our greatest joys and our deepest sorrows and were forever connected — like sisters.
When I finally opened her e-mail message that morning, all those great memories came flooding back. The wave of excitement that washed over me was refreshing — knowing that this lost friend had been found. She was living in Louisiana again and wanted to reconnect. I could hardly wait to get home so I could call her. We laughed, cried, and laughed til we cried about the charmed lives we had led. I realized that I hadn’t seen her since I served as Maid of Honor in her wedding. It took us a few hours, but we finally caught up to our present day lives after meandering down Memory Lane for four hours. Friends like Sonya are rare gems, but the greatest treasure of all is a relationship with God. If you don’t know him, get to know him. Your life will never be the same.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. ~Lamentations 3:22-23
It’s not too late to embrace this Friend who sticks closer than a brother and never lets go. Seek him while he can be found. Live each day as if it were your last, and do whatever it takes to make him smile while you’re here in your temporary home. That way, when you transition from the here and now to eternity, you can hear the words we all long to hear: Well done, my good and faithful servant.
Before you leave today, take a little time to enjoy my Music Monday selection by Charles Jenkins entitled “Just to Know Him.” May blessings abound! <3