Friendship in the middle

As though being held up by two sturdy bookends, there I was, seated securely between my two closest friends.

I couldn’t help but giggle as I looked through the pictures. My friends and I tend to get a little camera-happy when we’re together. Translation: we love to document every.single.thing.we.do.

I had spent the morning adding our recent pictures to a photo album. As I slid each one into a slot on the page, I noticed a pattern. In almost every picture we took, I was sitting in the middle.

In the Middle

I’ve never given much thought to being in the middle. I guess I had always looked at it as being a negative thing. Sometimes being in the middle can be negative. For example, it’s never a good idea to be caught in the middle of an argument, or the middle of a storm, nor would it be very prudent to stand in the middle of a busy freeway.

For me though, the middle is turning out to be a very positive experience. It has become my place of safety, giving me the freedom to relax and just be me, while at the same time providing the encouragement to try new things.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)

These words are the perfect way to describe what being in the middle is like. When I think of how God has placed me in the middle of these two wonderful gals, I realize what a blessing it is to have them in my life. He brought us together for a reason, and Ecc. 4:12 helps me understand why.

When we take time out to spend with our friends, lend an ear to listen and encourage each others dreams, we are building new memories. Standing back to back we conquer our fears together, and eventually we weave all those memories into a beautiful tapestry.

As the friendship grows, the bonds we form grow stronger and stronger, and the memories pull us tighter and tighter, until one day the tapestry we’ve created changes.

Now, instead of seeing three individual strands, you will only see a thickly woven cord that neither time, distance, nor death will ever be able to break.

Please pray with me:

Father,

When I read that “when two or three gather together in Your name, You are there in their midst” (Matthew 18:20) it makes me smile because I realize that although you’ve put me in the middle on many occasions, You’ve never left me there alone. Thank You for centering Yourself in the midst of our beautiful friendship, and for providing the base for us to continue to build our relationship upon.

I give You all the glory,
Amen

Salina

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5 comments on “Friendship in the middle”

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  2. Joan Reply

    I love your perspective of being in the middle as a wonderful thing! It reminds me of Moses with Aaron and Hur! Moses was in the middle with his friends on either side helping him and supporting his arms while he did the will of God. Friends are such a blessing!

    In Him, Joan

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