When reflecting back on people God has placed in my life, I’m always reminded of this poem which is so true. This week I had encounters of two life-time friends and it is just amazing when you look back and see how God orchestrated your first meeting and that through all the ups and down you have been there for each other, amidst the failings and long periods of silences, you are still together. Wherever you are in the world, whatever season in your life, you still think about each other. This highlights the fact that building relationships takes time and patience and you need to work hard at them.
Here’s ‘A Reason, A Season, A Life-time’
People come into our lives for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime. Once we figure out which one it is, we will know exactly what to do.
When someone is in our life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need we have expressed. They have come to assist us through a difficulty; to provide us with guidance and support; to aid us physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason we need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on our part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they move away, or they may just walk away. Sometimes they act up and force us to take a stand.
But what we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer we sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into our life for a SEASON because our turn has come to share, grow or learn something. They bring us peace, make us laugh, or they may teach us something and give us joy. It’s real. We can believe it – but only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach us lifetime lessons; things we must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Our job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what we have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of our life.
There is a role for every person we meet in life. Some are there to test us, some are there to love us and some are there to teach us. Then there’s the rare amazing ones who bring out the best in us, the ones sent to remind us why it’s all worth it.
Thanks to Erica James-King & David Tade
I can’t forget two other important people in my life.
First of all Kim Wright – all I can say is ‘the power of the cross!’🙂 Through our many fights and disagreements we are still hanging on – 23 years is a long time!! We should just get together and call ourselves an institution:-)
Annette Rauf – you have been there from the beginning and through and after chronic fatigue. God has definitely sent me an angel:-)
Love as no boundaries. It crosses race, creed and colour.
“Friends come and friends go,
but a true friend sticks by you like family.”
( Proverbs 24:18 – MSG)