Blubbering to Bliss
Have you ever watched a friend go from meltdown to joy…all in a matter of hours?
Erin and I are on a week long road trip/writing conference…and guess what? I watched it happen this week. I got to witness Erin go from blubbering, overwhelmed, messy crying in a Wal-Mart parking lot to complete contentment while putting her grandson to sleep.
And it was a beautiful thing to watch.
I’m not saying her messy crying is a beautiful thing to watch. What I am saying is this:
~How privileged am I that I get to stand next to this amazing woman while we are doing life together?
~How blessed am I to witness the meltdown and help her make sense of the nonsense while she puts the pieces back together?
~How amazing is it that God gave us an opportunity to hang out and bond with all of our kids and grandkid?
~How beautiful is it that I got to rock her grandson to sleep while praying over him? (before she came and stole him from me…I mean seriously, he was already asleep in my arms!!!)
~Or better yet, how beautiful is it that I got to watch Erin sing hymns to him while he fought desperately to stay awake? (after she woke him up from my arms)
The point is this…the meltdowns happen so quickly and sometimes for no reason that we can pin point. But the bliss erases the memory of the meltdown.
I watched my best friend blubber in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
And then just an hour later, I got to watch her love on her Grandson in a way that only Grandma’s can.
I loved watching her in both moments. Simply because she’s amazingly real, amazingly strong, and amazingly there for everyone. Simply because she sharpens me just by being herself.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
I thank God everyday for this girl who makes me a better woman…she truly is a treasure trove of friendship. I hope and pray each of us is blessed with someone like her in our lives!