Distance can be such a rough thing. Friends who were once an intricate part of my day-to-day life are now stretched across thousands of miles. While we do our best to stay in touch through phone calls, emails, and social networking sites, it’s never quite the same. We move on with our lives, cherishing the memories, but looking toward the future, as well we should. But just the same, my heart aches for those friendships. My heart aches for the carefree days of college, when we would sit over bagels before church or make a late night run for ice cream. I miss the days of cramming for exams and watching marathons of our favorite tv shows. I miss the craziness and laughter that ensued when we’d had too little sleep and too much caffeine. I miss the days after college when I lived in an apartment with 3 of my college friends. We knew each other inside and out, and loved each other despite our quirky traits. I miss standing up as a bridesmaid when those same three friends got married, and the day that those friends did the same for me. There are so many things that I miss. But I also know that there is no going back. God has placed each of us on separate roads in this life. Each road has it’s own, amazing adventures in store.
It’s only by looking back that I can see God’s plan in it all. How he’s placed each friend in my life for a time and a season. I now see how each person I’ve held dear to my heart has left their imprint deep inside. Each person had something to teach me. And for that I’m thankful. Thankfulness won’t take away the loneliness. Thankfulness won’t take away the nostalgia. But thankfulness does put things in perspective. Because God’s not done with any of us yet. He is continually putting new friends, new kindred spirits in our paths, who will bless us in these new chapters of our lives. And while it may hurt to one day say goodbye, I’m ready to open my heart up to love and friendship once again. Because there’s no better place to be then in someone’s heart.