While sitting on the park bench soaking up the sun, a couple little girls playing in the sandbox caught my attention. I was intrigued to watch this new friendship play out. They seemed to be playing happily together when suddenly one of them stood up. She put her hands on her hips and yelled, “You’re not my friend.” Then she stomped off to her mom. The cute little one in the yellow sundress sat there for a minute as if she was thinking,”What did I do.” Then she lowered her head, began to cry and slowly walked the opposite direction. My heart was broken for them both.
I have, at one time or another, been like both of them. I have been the one that was hurt and I have also been the one that did the hurting. I wondered the rest of the day what had happened that cause these two to so easily and quickly walk away. Then I began to think of my own life. My own friendships. What had happened in my past relationships that caused me to so easily walk away. Why had I not tried harder. Why had I not fought to stay close.
I have grown to learn how special and precious friendships are. How much we need to have those connections to “Jesus with skin on.” (Lysa TerKeurst’s phrase).
How do you nurture your friendships? Do you take the time and effort to work on your relationships ?