I tease my mother-in-law and tell her regarding a situation she’s encountering, “with friends like that you don’t need enemies.” We laugh, but it really is a serious matter. Sometimes it’s wonderful to joke in the middle of a storm.
Someone used to tell me, “keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.”
David dealt with a lot of enemies in the Bible. The most famous being the Philistine giant, Goliath.
Enemies. We need them in order to fully appreciate our friends. We need the ugly colors to make the pretty ones more intense. We need rain to enjoy the sunshine. We need the tears so we can cherish the laughter. Imagine with me, if you will, how much prettier a rainbow is with a black sky as the backdrop than it is surrounded by blue sky. I know. It’s way more brilliant against an angry storm!
Friends. This season in my life has ushered in some friendships I hope will last a lifetime. I don’t take any of these relationships lightly or for granted. My only wish is that I had more time to invest in making them grow. In due time. My dream is to get a group of them together in a few years without our kids or our husbands and go away on a fun trip. Wouldn’t that be just super? How about a week in Rome? Or an Alaskan cruise? Or hiking in the mountains? Or lavish luxury living for a week at a spa in California? Ahhhhh.
I love you, my friends. So much. And I am so glad we are friends. I have been blessed in many different ways by you — big and small. You’re all awesome and wow — I seriously love you.