Reconnecting With Your Past
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
"Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of God's presence" Proverbs 27:9
If you've ever ran into an old friend at the supermarket, on a casual errand, or while you're out with the family, you may banter a bit about old times and promise to keep in touch later (K.I.T. if you remember your yearbook text protocols), but life as usual gets in the way and you forget to keep in contact. For me, I've had the opportunity lately to reconnect with a few old friends, and one in particular. A friend that even though it has been some years, it was like there had been no time lost at all, and we picked up right where we left off.
We talked about the books we've read, the music we still listen to and how those classics are lost on the current generation. And true to form, arguing about politics. Quickly realizing of course, that arguing about politics is a moot point, knowing that neither one of us will be swayed to change our course (even though I'm right and the sooner they understand that the better). I kid of course. Reconnecting this way, with a friend you've treasured and who you didn't realize you valued so much, was such a blessing. They are the human equivalent of a succulent plant. They don't require much care, and bloom right where they are, despite the mild neglect.
I believe God was instrumental in sending them my way, knowing how much I needed to be able to let go to someone who would understand my troubles far better that most. I can vent my frustrations and they will of course correct me where I may be wrong, and offer new perspective. It's an often overlooked quality in our friends. We want someone who will take our side, tell us we're right even when we're not. But for a true friend, sometimes, they can let you see something you may have missed.
Things you may or may not have done to rectify a situation. Those friends are the ones who will propel you forward, and let you know you have to keep moving past your hurts, your anger, even when it's easier to stay stuck. They won't let you become stagnant and stale, they force you to become your best self, one day at a time. They remind you that God has the final say in who you are, and they force you to do better today than you did yesterday. If you have a friend like that, consider yourself lucky. I've had the recent honor of rediscovering mine. May our renewed friendship remind me always to cherish that which is important and be ever mindful that God is always looking out for me.