How right you are, Bob. I know this because I have some incredible friends. I have the kinds of friends that don't care if my hair looks goofy (but are kind enough to tell me if it does), who don't care where I buy my clothes, don't care if I am having a grumpy kind of day. They love me, plain and simple. What a blessing that is!
I certainly don't want to downplay the friends that I have right here, but sometimes God just goes out of His way to bless us with friends- those that we never would have met if it weren't for God. I want to tell you about one of those friends. Her name is Maranda, and she lives in Alabama. I have never met her in person, don't have any clue what her voice sounds like (although I imagine she has a great southern accent!). We have exchanged some pictures via the internet (dont' you love technology?). Maranda and I met in a crazy way.
Maranda leads a ministry in her church for survivors of sexual abuse. I lead one of those here. She was doing an internet search one day and 'happened' across our church's website talking about our "Shelter From the Storm" ministry here. Maranda emailed the church to ask questions about the study, and it was forwarded to me since I facilitate that group at FBC. I emailed Maranda as soon as I got the forward, and the rest is history! What started as just a quest for information has blossomed into a great friendship! I love how God works.
We have emailed every day back and forth. I feel like I have known her for years. She has a husband and 2 sons, works for a pregnancy help center, and is an amazing Godly woman. We have a lot in common, mostly our faith in Jesus. I have been blessed to be able to pray for Maranda and her family, and I have been blessed to have her pray for me too.
I am praying that one day (soon) there is a chance to meet this new friend. But until then, I will continue to thank God for his blessings, and I will continue to burn up the computer keys writing to my new friend!!
Love you Maranda!!