"False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us when we cross into the shade." -Unknown
I have been thinking for days now about a comment that was made to me about friends:
"I have to say, when I got pregnant and then had a baby...I really discovered who my true friends were."
It is interesting to sit back and watch as your life unfolds, as people are brought into the light, as you see things through a clear lense as opposed to a rose colored one. It is disheartening and tear jerking to discover that people you held dear to your heart were merely leeches sucking on the good times until they ran dry, then moving onto to the next innocent bystander.
However, in all of these contemplations I am able to find a greater peace and a perfect stillness because I realize I have two true friends that make up for any shortcomings I find in others. God, first and foremost, and do not sigh because you know that was coming or because it is as I will admit quite corny sounding. Either way it is the truth and even though I find times when I ignore him, in my times of sorrow and repentenance is he not there?
Second, only after Him, my husband. It was not always easy to call him my friend. In the beginning, before life stuck its claws into many aspects of our relationship, he was my husband and I loved him. Today, he is my husband and I love him, but more importantly a representation of true friendship. Who can see you at your worse? Shattered, beaten, tired, hideous, smelly, emotional, broken, fragile, evil, and vengeful...who can see you like this in the depths of sin and remorse and still love you? (Besides God) We have both seen each other this way and every time we have come back with a deeper love and appreciation for the other. This is where most marriages fail. Some people don't understand that true love means "locking the door behind you and throwing away the key".
So as I sat there contemplating friendship and those who are not your real friends, I feel not a single bit of loss. For what I have gained in return is greater and richer than a million wannabe friendships. This is where God comes through, this is Him answering prayers and mending hearts. You just have to be ready to receive and open your eyes and your heart to the simple silent answers he is constantly whispering.
To my best friend...my heart and soul:
"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.” -Winnie the Pooh