I have been extremely fortunate to have made a few very close friends in my adult life. Even though miles have separated us, when we talk on the phone or see each other, it’s like there hasn’t been any separation at all. These friendships are the ones where you can spill your guts, pour out your heart, truly be yourself and not be judged. You can be honest with each other, pray with and for each other, confess and seek advice.
I have been training with one of these friends. Running miles together, you see each other through all emotions from elation on the first double digits to anguish when you think you can’t take one more step and everything in between.
My friend allowed me to guide her along for her first marathon. We ran that marathon on Sunday. I don’t think it was what either of us expected, but as the saying goes, a marathon will change your life, whether it’s your first or 5th. Miles 19-21 were pretty quiet and I recognized that dark place that can show up in a race in both of us. She prayed, I prayed and by mile 22 we were laughing in our misery together. We ran the last .2 miles across the finish line together changed people.
I’ve had time to reflect on this race and our friendship and Proverbs 18:24 has kept running through my head.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
The funny thing is, many people ask us if we are sisters or even twins. We get such a laugh out of it. Even if we are not related, we truly are sisters in Christ. I am beyond blessed with her friendship. I am thankful for the people God has brought into my life, but particularly for the deep friendships on a spiritual level. God knows what we need before we ask and he answered with my friends.