“I’m still processing the kids getting married and I need her here!” I complained to God.
“Who will I meet for coffee at a moments notice?”
“Who will I go shopping with?”
“Yes, I know I have other really great friends, but I want this one, here, nearby!”
God was patient with my spoiled brat tantrum while I sorted it out.
We met on the ACFW loop. I was running a small writers group that she was interested in joining. While we were moving Mom from Oregon, she was moving to Colorado and settling in. Then one day I was pulling into the neighborhood and decided to give her a call. Turns out, we were within walking distance.
Sharen met my DH first. She was walking her dog and he was in the garage working on a project. Greg’s size and demeanor can be very intimidating but she talked to him as if she’d known him forever. That’s one of the endearing things about her; she’s like that with everyone.
“You are going to like her. She reminds me of you,” my DH said.
He was right, we became friends instantly.
We’ve been through many trials and joys together: caring, praying and supporting each other. I don’t think there’s a topic we haven’t touched on at one time or another and yet we never seem to run out of things to say. We have a wonderful, comfortable friendship.
I was thinking about all this while worshiping to Delirious? Friend Forever. I was whining to Jesus about my BFF moving and He says to me, “Jan, I’ll be your BFF.”
Then He reminded me that He doesn’t take something away without replacing it with something better. When He closed the doors for my small writers group, He opened up Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, which is even better. Now He is moving my BFF. Sharen has grown children in Texas and its better for them to all be together. We have email, text messaging and free long distance so I know we won’t lose touch. I also know that I have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, my BFF Jesus and I’ll bet he’ll meet me for coffee at a moments notice.
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