I expected that I probably would like her. Afterall, Matthew is a good judge of character.
But I didn’t expect that I would love her and that she would turn out to be one of my best friends in Nashville.
And I certainly didn’t expect that three years later, when she moved away to North Carolina, I would be so sad every time I thought about her.
But that is where I am today.
Alyson just moved from Nashville to North Carolina.
And I really miss her.
From the moment we met three years ago, we were kindred spirits. Sisters. The kind of friends that just get one another.
And now that she is 7 hours away, I regret that I didn’t savor our time together more.
I guess I assumed that she would always be here.
I imagined our kids would grow up together. We’d take pictures at soccer games, dance recitals, prom nights and graduations. We would be there for the good and the bad.
In this season of my life, God has been teaching me to savor moments and relationships more.
A lunch with a friend is a blessing to cherish, not just an excuse to gab.
A bible study with trusted friends is a gift, not an agenda item.
A text message from a friend is a reminder that you are valued.
This week, take extra time to cherish the moments with your friends that live near and far. Thank God for phone calls and playdates, coffees and text messages and let loved ones know you care.
Have you had a friend or family member move away? Or maybe you were the one to move? How did you keep your relationship strong?
Note: This post was written earlier this month, before my dear friend Sara (our own Gitz) started hospice and is on her journey home. In this last week and a half, as we have prepared our hearts for Sara to be in the arms of the Father, this concept of savoring time has been on my heart even more. (I guess God knew that would be the case when I wrote this post about Alyson…) We only have one life to love people well and savor time together. To read more about choosing joy and celebrating Sara, click here.