Glued Together

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
— Proverbs 17:17

My first thought when I saw the word “glue” for today’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt was Elmer’s and how much fun those carefree elementary school days were. Making crafts, learning how to read and write, and having your turn as the coveted class chalkboard eraser for the week.  You know, the days before merry-go-rounds were banned from playgrounds and deemed evil spinning pieces of metal.  Then I realized I was going nowhere but memory lane with that thought.  So I diverted and began writing about the ultimate super glue.  The One that never fails, that holds us together piece by piece. And at that point I decided to see what Courtney wrote. (And now that I’m on Eastern Time Zone we have this friendly weekly competition to see who will post their Five Minute Friday first).  But of course! She had written exactly where I was going with my thoughts.

Pause…here’s where I could say to myself (a) she has some sort of telepathic thing going on and I need to have a real “come to Jesus” with her, (b) how dare she write about what “I” was going to write about thereby ending our friendship, or (c) praise God for giving me a wonderful friend whose heart is exactly in line with mine and eyes fixed above on Him.

I’m so blessed to have a friend and co-writer who always (I mean ALWAYS) is in sync with me.  We have a “friendship/sisters in Christ” glue that binds us.  Our faith, our hope, and our trust in God’s plan for our lives is our glue.  Together we do share a brain – her the more to the point and rational side, and me the more emotional and sensitive side.  Every time we co-write a blog it is because we separately had the vision and message laid upon on our hearts from God.  That my friends is no coincidence.  Just like our simultaneous paths of infertility and our separate decisions to leave the engineering world behind to stay home with our miracles were not coincidences.  God, the ultimate glue, used His perfect plan and timing to bring us together to begin this ministry for His glory.   Our prayer is that He continue to use us (together) and this ministry to complete His purpose for our lives, and that you all see Him through us and are blessed in some small way by the words that we post.

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are a part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.
— Jon Katz