October 8, 2014

New Friends

God always seems to know when you need a friend. This week He has shown me that there are people here for me even when it doesn't feel like it. He always knows too when to introduce you to someone new who can feel like someone you've known for much longer.

Last week when paddling I got to know one of the new SUP board owners who is just as excited about standup paddle boarding as I am. We went out for a paddle together this afternoon when the water was much calmer than it was on Sunday. That calm water allowed us to talk to each other without distraction and get to know each other better.

Come to find out, we've both experienced some of the same struggles, including loss of loved ones, major career transitions, life before accepting God, and more. Even though we don't really know each other that well, we both felt like we could open up to each other and share things that we wouldn't ordinarily be as vulnerable about with other people. Maybe we felt we could open up because of the calming effect water has on our spirits or because we are sisters in Christ, or both. Either way, God knows when we need a friend and He is there to provide.

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracian