I am still making friends.
I’ve met some interesting people. Carol and I met a motorcycle grandma who showed us the tattoo she got back before tattoos were cool. I met a sweet blond haired store clerk at Good Will whose job used to be to teach motorcycle safety to soldiers. I talked with the guy at the license tag counter about musicals of all things — which ones he and I and seen recently, and which ones we wanted to see. I got to know the nail technician from Vietnam as she gave me a pedicure and talked to me in broken English. So many of the manicurists stay to themselves. This one cared about me, asked me about my life, and told me about hers. She has been in Auburn 5 months and is lonely for her mother, father and grandmother back home.
I have been working on relationships. Our married group had a game night last night and I invited all sorts of people. None of them came, but I had a great conversation with a friend I met when I worked for the school of pharmacy. I exchanged funny texts with my next door neighbor that I don’t know very well about our husbands who don’t really like to play cards. I got back in touch with the used car salesman I met, and he thanked me for the invitation, even though he and his wife already had plans.
None of these interactions bore visible fruit. But I am going to keep on going. We are going to keep on going. Alicia couldn’t find the game night last night. But instead of getting discouraged, she went to the library. She texted me, “I made a friend there, like you make friends. :)”
Ken and I went to see “Gravity” this evening. What impressed me about the movie is how Sandra Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, kept on going. At one point she did get discouraged and even gave up, but without giving away the movie, she found the inspiration and strength to make a bold attempt to save her life. And this led to her continuing to make heroic efforts to keep on going until the end.
We are going to keep on going to the end, by God’s grace. We will keep caring about people. We will live out I Peter 1:22, “Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.” I Peter 1:22 (God’s Word Translation)
Today I had a great quiet time that started with Exodus 19:5-6: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
God wants to bring people close to him to be the apple of his eye, the joy of his heart, his treasured possession.
This is as true for me, and for people today, as it was in the day of Moses.
- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” I Peter 2:9
This is a powerful motivation. Let me keep on going in spite of the challenges I’ve been experiencing. Let me focus on all the things God is doing — the baptism last weekend, the Bible studies I’ve been a part of, answered prayer — and stand in awe.
(SPOILER ALERT**) At the end of “Gravity,” Ryan Stone, who had never prayed in her life because no one had ever taught her, clasps the earth once more in her hands and says, “Thank you.”
Thank you, God. Thank you for getting us this far. Thank you for saving our lives.
Thank you that we can express our gratitude and enrich our lives by making friends. May they come to know, as we do, the immeasurable wonders and riches of God.