I am awakened this morning by the phone. It's 7:22 a.m. The other end...my Old Friend. I'm happy to see her name pop up on the face of my phone. I answer and we talk. We catch up, we share.
She is dealing with grief in her family. A loss. A brother.
She is having a child go off to College. Staying away from home. A daughter.
She is having her grand-children live far off...with few visits. Then, only special occasions.
Our lives have been parallel in the past. Things have been the same for us... it isn't uncommon.
Right now-- our lives are similar with minor details being the only difference.
She is not a stranger.
We talk. It is like old times. She is a comfort for me.
She lets me VENT!
We are still only a few miles apart--geographically speaking. We never see each other anymore. But when we pick up the phone, it is like we just saw one another.
It's like this fortunate Crepe Myrtle-- I water the chickens under this tree. We are in a drought, the dead of summer. Nothing is flourishing...but this tree has blooms.
A drink of water has helped it to bloom!
I told her I was sleeping when she called. But being the good friend she is, she says, "Wake up I have a few minutes to talk this morning, so I called you." (obviously, I think)
Because, I'm happy to talk to her.
I give thanks to God for this friend he has placed in my life; like a cool drink of water!
He is the rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgement. A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. ~ Deuteronomy 32:4 .