"As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17
Oh, how the analogies of the bible give such conviction to its truths. When I think about this verse in particular there is one special friend that comes to mind. You may envision a college-aged person, or possibly someone who is one life step ahead of me. However, this great soul is a momma, coffee-lover, and the iron that sharpens me.
I knew Ms. Amy from growing up with her son in our church youth group, but it wasn't until I was 16 that a mission trip brought us together. It was my second trip to this location, and her first; she actually decided to go in place of another woman 2 hours before we boarded the vans. As we went on our merry way, 26 hours of driving ahead of us, I began to tell her all about the kids, crafts, and what to expect for the week ahead. Her son was also on the trip, but she wanted to get to know others on the trip and started really talking to me.
Her influence is so special because she's older than me and has experienced life as well as watched her son grow up, who is just a year older than me. Her motherhood also gives her this approachable and protective nature, yet also being able to look from an outside perspective because she is not my mother. We go to different churches, so we hear different lessons taught in scripture which we share and the time I spend with her is intentional because there's nowhere our paths cross on their own.
My mid-finals week coffee talks are filled with laughs, pictures, tough questions, and real life answers. Her discernment of the Word and the peace of God that she carries is so admirable. Friendships are like snowflakes, and each is beautiful in its own unique way. I pray that you too can find a friendship like mine and Amy's. God-centered, filled with love, and just the right thing when you don't know what you need.
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