The past week, I have been cleaning out some boxes that have been moved around with me for probably the past ten years. I found a lot of old pictures and letters. Some made me laugh, and some made me cry. I even found a letter my Grandma had written me one year for my birthday - I shed quite a few tears over that gem. :-)
Through all of this 'house-cleaning' - I took the time to share some memories with some old friends I hadn't heard from in a while. It was nice to catch up with some people. During all of this, I realized what people say about certain people coming into your life for seasons. This popular internet email says it all . . .
People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person or people involved; and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships, and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
I am so thankful for the friends I have in my life - whether it be for a short time or forever. I am especially thankful for those forever friends, who even though it may be years between contacts - when we get together again, it is like time has never passed.
I am even thankful for those relationships that for some reason or another, one of us decided to walk away. I know that each of these relationships was a lesson of some kind - and I cannot regret learning.
To all of my friends -- old, and new . . . thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving a part of yourself - and allowing me to give of myself to you.
May today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let His presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and to bask in the sun.
It is there for each and every one of you.