I felt it was appropriate to start our Girlfriend series with my first real friend. I met her when I was just three. So was she. Tammy and I became inseparable, as did our parents. We went to school together by day and to the ball field by night. She played third base, I played second. Both tomboys to the bone and goofy to the max.
Our moms took us to the same stores, bought us matching coats, matching bicycles and matching notebooks. We laughed together, cried together and sat up late swapping dreams and giving each other advice. We walked through difficult days and weathered storms we wish we never had to face. I did her makeup, she fixed my hair.
At times we both wished we could go our separate ways, but we were bound by our parents bond with one another. Sometimes so thankful for the fetter of our parents’ relationship; other times wishing we could brake the chains that held us captive to one another.
Today we’re still friends. We don’t see each other much, but when we do it’s like time somehow stood still and we pick up where we left off – never skipping a beat.
Tammy and I will always be friends – deep rooted in each other’s hearts and just a phone call away.
Sprinkled throughout Scripture are friendships that captivate our hearts. Some are obvious. Others, not so much. Tucked ever so neatly and often times sweetly in the pages of holy writ are friendships that surprise us by their presence and challenge our resolve.
In Genesis 7 four men and four women enter the ark. A slew of two of each kind of animal joined them for the ride as the door was shut. We aren’t told much about life behind the closed door of the ark, but we know that 4 women shared the same space for over a year.
Have you ever thought about what life was like in a tightly sealed ark with four women? They may have been family, but were they also friends? It would have been one long year and one rough ride if they weren’t.
Like my relationship with Tammy – I’m sure they laughed together, cried together, held each other up and let each other down. I’m certain tempers flared and hearts were hurt. Perhaps there were times they wished they could let the door slam behind them as they walked out of a heated argument.
But they couldn’t. They were bound together by a door sealed shut and a God who was protecting them. We don’t really know what went on inside that boat. But we do know that they shared something unique that bonded them in a way nothing else could.
The time came when the door flew open and they went their separate ways. Yet, somehow I think their hearts were sealed even when the door of the ark no longer was.
Sometimes friends enter our lives, never to leave. Even in their absence, they are somehow always there. That’s how my friendship has been with Tammy. She’s been a lifelong girlfriend and I love her dearly!
Do you have a girlfriend who is always there for you? One you know you can depend on even though you don’t get to spend much time with her? One who has weathered some of the first storms you’ve ever faced and will be there til the last? Are you that kind of friend to someone else?
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