When I learned that she had received this award, I immediately texted her to tell her that she "so deserved it." Her response "WAY OVERWHELMED!!! Thanks so much. It is friends like you that make my life so rich. luv ya."
That next to last statement made me start thinking. Had I not lost a best friend, I may never have gained this wonderful, inspiring friend. She is the type of person who you walk away from wishing you could be like her. She is absolutely genuine in everything she does, and it exudes from her. I remember that she was the first person I honestly told how bad I was struggling 6 months ago. She was the first person that had asked me how I was doing, that I felt honestly cared and wanted to know. I am blessed to have her in my life, and had I not been mourning the loss of one friendship, I would have never gained another.
We do not understand why things happen the way they do and when they do, but we must remember that there is a reason, there is a plan. I am reminded of a post from June, where I shared words of wisdom. The very first wisdom was from this same friend, and I would like to share it with you again.
"Dear Lord, Help me to trust in You when life doesn't make any sense. To know that You love me unconditionally and are always there to carry my burdens. Remind me to seek You first when trials and challenges come my way, and to recognize Your faithfulness and goodness throughout my journey in life. Amen"