When I said goodbye, that dreadful last Thursday, I thought it was forever. And this week, I keenly felt the absence of these people I love. I thought relationships were confined to young romances and ripped jeans and forever goodbyes. But now I know there are some friends — amazing, absolute, and abstract — that are always friends.
Through an email I got a little knock on the door of my heart. Will you let me in? this beautiful friend of mine seemed to ask. Although she felt the need to write another email just to say:
***** Most important thing….
Your sister, no matter what!
I felt this message pulsate in every line she penned.
And I thought, I can’t wait to play peek-a-boo with you; I’m going to let you in the deepest parts of me and my heart, one day at a time — I’ll let you see these peeks of me.
Unknowingly, she told me there is more to life and relationships and us than fraying fabric. These ties that bind us heart-to-heart are not just made of you and me; God wove Himself in us. And since He is a part of what we are, nothing and no one can unravel us. Instead, we grow strong, like the cells in my scraped knee, which tenaciously work together to rebuild what was broken and bruised and burned. We’ll be made new with a scar and a story — the story of God and how He is the matter that makes us; He is our DNA.
I replied to this friend of mine and said,
K., can you hear me whisper? ‘Thank you. I love you.’ I’m so glad you’re mine, that you’re my friend, and one of the best I’ve got. I thought I might lose you after leaving homeschool group and going to school … [But God is in our ties.] ‘A triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’ And you know what that means? We’re never fraying, never pulling apart, under any weight — no matter what. Because He’s a part of us. And He never fails. I kinda needed to know that this week; maybe you did too. (:
So maybe this wasn’t goodbye. Maybe this was falling deeper into heart threads.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble … A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10, 12 NLT