I am feeling all nostalgic and mushy. I just got off the phone with my friend Amy. We talked for 2.5 hours and could have talked for a few more days. We celebrate 20 years of friendship this year. It is an unusual friendship as we have never lived close to each other. We have essentially been "phone friends" My mom used to tease me that Amy and I would need to put phones to our ears if we ever spent time in person together. We go years without seeing each other. I see her kids grow up through pictures and stories.
We are not each others' "BEST FRIENDS", we simply play a role in each other's lives that is unique and wonderful. We don't have the "day to day" friendship, and that is okay. In fact we sometimes undergo huge transitions in our lives and forget to tell each other. It usually comes up later!
We have even acknowledged that if we did live by each other, we are not sure that our friendship would flourish. We are very different and our families are amazed that we have such a close friendship.
I was 13 and she was 12 when we first became friends. I was visiting my oldest sister several states away and she arranged for me to stay overnight with Amy, a girl from her church. I had no idea that sleepover would change my life and give birth to an amazing unconditional friendship.
What makes our friendship so special?
We embrace each others differences. It sounds so simple, yet it's intentional.
Deep friendships are not limited to those within driving distance!
When our phone conversations end, I feel a greater depth of knowing myself. My mind right now is churning as the stuff we discussed stirs my soul. Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Amy inspires me to be honest with myself, to face my failures and to embrace my passions. She inspires me to honor my husband and to unapologetically pursue what is best for my children. I admire her passion for the abused, forgotten and voiceless. http://amycherise.blogspot.com/
Sometimes when I feel down, I remind myself that somewhere in Amy's house she keeps a "Tricia file"--memoirs of our two decades of friendship!
So I dedicate this post not just to Amy but to all of my treasured friends that have given me glimpses of God's love through your sacrificial friendship.