On my way to work the other day I was driving along, minding my own when I could see in my rearview mirror, a car anxious to be ahead of everyone else. He was weaving in and out of the lanes without regard to how fast he was going or how unsafe he was driving.
It got me to thinking not of driving but of relationships. How we weave in and out of people's lives without regard to the people we may be able to connect with while we're in that "lane." We get so caught up in what we want that we rarely give a thought that maybe we're there for the benefit of the other. Perhaps by passing them by we're missing an opportunity the Lord has for us.
I'm not suggesting we are supposed to have the same circle of people our whole lives, of course not.
We go through seasons of life weaving in and out of relationships. As single folk you have a set of friends then somehow that changes (intentionally or not) when we get married. There's the married without children and married with children. Mother's of Preschoolers (MOPS) and Mother's of school-aged children who are busy arranging play dates and running to and from sporting practices and games.
Thanks to FACEBOOK I have reconnected with a number of friends I had in those various times of my life. I hope I made the most of those relationships at the time. Mostly I am grateful for those who refuse to let relationships that matter to them, die to the seasons of life.
Elaine and Julie
I am grateful for all the people that I have passed in my various "lanes" because they all shaped me into who I am today. Words poured into me, disagreements that opened my eyes and heart.
"Every encounter could be a divine appointment"- RZ