"A friend loves at all times..." ~ Proverbs 17:17
There is this wonderful woman of God I know, and I'm lucky enough to call her my best friend. Her name is Stacey and she doesn't know this yet, but she is the inspiration for this post. I sure hope she doesn't mind :)
Stacey is one of those super special treasures, that when you meet and get to know her you cannot help but thank God she was brought into your life. Stacey and I go back about 6 years, and let me just say I have no question it was God that brought her into my life. You see, she opted to stick around and invest in my life after I acted like a crazy loon the night we met. Oh, but that is another story for another day. I could go on and on singing her praises till I take my last breath here on earth, but her inspiration for this blog comes from a statement she made to me in a conversation earlier today.
Stacey and I have had our fair share of frogs in our lives that did not turn into princes. We have gone back and forth crying on each other's shoulders. She's been angry for me when I didn't have it in me and I've been angry for her when she didn't have it in herself. We are a rockin' team! The thing that Stacey said that got me into blog worthy processing mode was her question of "Why am I the girl who prepares a guy for marriage to someone else?" Oh sweet friend, how I believe so many girls have asked this question out loud as well. My response to my sweet best friend... I told her that God didn't want her to settle, that the reason why it hasn't worked out yet for her is that God has someone more amazing than she could ever imagine for her. I suddenly realized I was preaching to the choir. I too have been the girl that prepares the guy for someone else, and that is a heart breaking place to be. But I have to remember and I have to remind Stacey that there is that possibility that some other girls have had the job of preparing our husbands for us. Praise the Lord for those women and Praise God that He has protected our hearts and lives from something that could have been potentially harmful or hurtful years down the road.
I love the wisdom and the sudden realizations that are coming to light in my thirties. I'm even more grateful that I've got my beautiful friend to walk out each and every one of these seasons with me. Stacey and I are what I would call a "Beautiful Mess." We are learning who we are, we are trusting God in what He's calling us to do with our lives, and we are tripping all over the place trying to fit the pieces of it all together. We are not perfect, but I think that's why we laugh so very much!
Cheers to you my gorgeous BEST FRIEND!!! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us as the years go by. You are loved!