Proverbs 27:17, Phillipians 2:4, Proverbs 27:9, I Thessalonians 5:11
After finding out what I would be facing with a cancer diagnosis a couple of years ago, I so dreaded telling my family and friends. That was probably one of the most stressful parts of my journey. Of course, I told my family first and then I had the task of telling my closest three girlfriends. I didn't want them to find out from a text or social media or any other way than a phone call directly from me. I prayed that I would find the words even though I was scared and still didn't know exactly what I would be facing down the road. The one thing I knew for sure and never doubted was that my three closest friends would be by my side the whole time. If you have heard the term "we're like two peas in a pod", God blessed me with three peas in my pod.
I picked up the phone with a shaky hand and made the calls. I was so relieved when I got through that night. I felt much calmer and knew that God was preparing not only me but my family and friends as well for the journey ahead. I believe God puts certain people in our lives for certain reasons. I needed all three of my closest friends that day and would need them from that day forward.
By the way, I still need them every single day.
I will try and give a brief description of these awesome individuals...
Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
A rock is how I would describe the first "pea in my pod". She is a no nonsense, solutions kind of gal. She was always looking to solve any issues I might face, before they even came up. I needed that rock, especially since she was in the medical field. Her steadfastness and confidence as well as her faith that God would see me through was unwavering and it was a true comfort to me. We have been through a lot together so it gave me peace of mind to have her on my side, always looking out for my well-being.
Philippians 2:4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Another one of the "peas in my pod" I would describe as steady, always there, looking for things to cheer me up and outings that wouldn't compromise my situation with the treatments I was taking. She made sure I had some entertainment along the way and if I chose to discuss anything about my condition, she was ready to listen but left it up to me. She will probably never know how much her time, given so unconditionally meant to me.
Proverbs 27:9 - Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
The third "pea in my pod" was the one who just listened to me and cried along with me when I was really down. You could see in her eyes she was hurting too. Trust me, you need that friend sometimes when things get rough and you look in the mirror and don't even recognize yourself. Sometimes her silence and sweet smile was all of the strength I needed.
It took me longer to write this blog than any one I've written because I knew I could never do my friends justice by trying in a few lines to describe them. Friendship is such a beautiful gift that God chose to give us here on earth. I try each day to be grateful for the "peas in my pod" and NEVER take them for granted. I believe just as God knows each rock in a river, He knows each friend we will have and what need they will fulfill in our lives. Wow, how exciting, that God gave us these special people who are all so different but yet have the same qualities of love, loyalty, trust and devotion to pray with us and see us through life's bumps in the road. I hope and pray every day that I am also that kind of friend.
I Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
August 7 is set aside as Friendship Day. I don't know about you, but I will gladly take that day and celebrate my girlfriends - they're the best!