Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Under the Sprawling Branches
The ancient, sprawling pecan tree just beckoned us to continue our conversation beneath it's branches. This tree has stood on the courthouse lawn for centuries watching history be made and today it would cover two women, sharing life's stories.
Our combined story started 28 years ago as a job position brought one from Missouri back to Texas. Both met with our firstborn on our hips...both sons, only one month apart, each less than a year old. So began our friendship and journey together.
Through the 28 years we have now lived in multiple cities, shared pregnancies in three out of four pregnancies and said goodbye and hello through life's multiple changes. Today, the old pecan tree welcomed us... to meet in this small city, to catch up on life. The last time we had this kind of time together, our children were small...now they are adults.
We celebrated victories, encouraged each other in our struggles as tears fell over past failures and hurts and tears of compassion for others who had fallen. Our grace is greater than in decades past as we shared our lives. No judgement at this season of life, no finger pointing, but grace... beautiful grace.
We were real...laughing, crying, and praying...REAL. These two old friends, these two moms, two wives shared our hearts and supported each other. All the masks were gone. We could even say, "I don't like this...............", without feeling the other was going to judge through their religious magnifying glasses. Life has a way of bringing us here if we will allow it....to the place of being REAL.
Why through all these years haven't we totally separated our journeys?...the truth is that it is God, not our flesh. Our flesh would have ended our friendship years ago. This friendship wasn't created by the flesh, it was created for His purpose. Our children have served together in ministry as adults, and therefore, it continues to the next generation. We left knowing the miles of distance between us will hinder us from seeing each other face to face, but we promised we would do it again. The next visit, we laughed, would probably be centered around our adult children's spouses and possibly grandchildren.
This summer, God has allowed me to pick up and shovel and dig into His seashore of sand. So far, my sand pail of inspiration is more than I expected. This meeting was one of the shining glistening pieces of sand that I shoveled into my pail....it now holds a very special place in my heart. Thank you Lord, for those friendships you create! May I continue to enjoy my girlfriends this summer and take out time to cherish each of them. This weekend I am heading out for a weekend with my Ethel...this will fulfill my list made in January for a girlfriend weekend. For now, I am rejoicing over the unexpected time I was given with a special friend, who doesn't look a day older than when I first met her 28 years ago.
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