As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
I’ve been reading a book by Shauna Niequist for the better half of three or so months. It’s called Cold Tangerines and it’s a collection of short stories about life and “the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything.” I love it for a few reasons. 1) I can read one or five stories and not feel obligated to compete with myself and finish it as quickly as possible. Or feel bad if I don’t finish it in record time. 2) I can relate to the things she’s experienced, seen, or felt. (Minus having a baby. That part I’m without.) 3) It allowed me to open my eyes wider to try and see God in even the tiniest things of everyday life.
She writes in Basement, “When you find [honesty and safety] coexisting peacefully in one friendship, I think you’ve got a good thing going there.” Preach it, sister! I want to feel like I can be honest with my friends and I want them to feel comfortable being honest in return. But it goes beyond that. In agreement with Shauna, I hope that when my friends see the best and worst in me, the deep honesty that makes up my person, they don’t leave me or poke fun at me. That kind of friendship makes me feel safe.
Today’s snow (5-6 inches to be exact) reminds me of friendships. The snow can cover anything and turn it into something of real beauty. Like a trashcan. Trashcans aren’t made to be pretty. But even trashcans are pretty when covered by inches of snow! So, snow is like a friend. A good friend, like a good snowfall, can bring out the true beauty in someone. I have family and friends who I know will always provide safety and honesty and I pray I have and can return the favor. To those who care, thank you.
(Pictured above is my dog, Blue, standing regal-like on a stone wall on Monday, 1-10-11.)