I feel so blessed. I say that not in a trite catch-phrase kind of way. I feel like God has really blessed me so very much with relationships with others who love Him madly, or who at least are seeking Him earnestly.
My sister-in-law longs to know and love Him and we are good friends. We do not live close, but when we are together God is just interwoven through what we do, and we have many good conversations that way.
I met two of my dear friends through my kids 4-H group. One was a leader of a horse club (Wendy), and the other was simply a recommendation by the 4-H coordinator that I get in touch with a friend of hers (Rachel) who she thought I would enjoy getting to know because we were new to the community at the time. I just called
Rachel up out of the blue, and although our mutual friend is not a faith-filled person, she was right that we would enjoy each other! Ha ha ha! She and her family have become wonderful friends of our family.
Another is actually my violin teacher (Marilyn) and we share what we are learning from the Lord together sometimes in the chit-chat after lessons. She’s the only violin teacher within an hour’s drive, so … that was God.
And sometimes I have had briefer relationships just full of the love of the Lord - on a weekend planning retreat, for example, we met several other couples who obviously just love the Lord, and that was such a great bond!
I just run into people - I used to get farm produce from a recovering addict who is seeking Him with all her heart. A lady at our IC started a prayer time before service, and those who showed up (just a couple of us) really do love Him tremendously, and the times we share in prayer and encouraging each other are wonderful! It’s been great. I know many people struggle to find others who love Him, and I feel frustration that I can’t, for example, share that part of my relationship freely with some of the people who are very close to me.
I guess looking at it objectively, God has simply placed these people in my life, and perhaps it is my passion for Him and talking about Him to people that allows people with quieter faith to feel comfortable inviting Christ out into the open?! Who knows!