talk about someone who radiates. talk about having joy down deep in your heart & that joy truly bubbles up and transforms your appearance. every time i see my precious friend sibi (which isn’t nearly frequent enough), she glows. sister glows. it’s amazing!
i have so much to share with you about sibi’s visit here to atlanta ( which wasn’t nearly long enough for me) and The Pearl Event. i really do. it was one of those days where trying to put into words the spirit and essence of the day has truly left me a little speechless. well. dan would beg to differ being that i shared
talked his ear off for two hours straight with him all the goodness of that day as soon as i stumbled in the door.
sibi and i needed some face time. we needed time together in real life. in the same state. not just through instagram and texts and emails. we needed some time together. time for her to ride shut gun while i did a 5 lane change. for her to eat shrimp quesadillas at the best mexican joint this side of the mason dixon line. for me squeeze her neck right off because i couldn’t stop hugging her. for me to drag her to the ball field because our highschool is indeed the home of the national baseball champions. for real. for me to introduce her to my local friends and gush all over her fragrance and her makeup tips and time for us just to pour into each other. even though she out poured me.
friendships can be sweet and precious and fragile. and they can be raw and hysterical and they can be effortless. there are some friends who can text you late at night with some hilarious thing that you just had to know. there are some friends who know the dark secrets of your heart and they still speak words of affirmation over you again & again. there are some friends who you can just talk about fried chicken and designer bags and hardship and failures and frustrations all in one sitting and it’s just right.
that’s who sibi is to me. sometimes when we talk i just get all teary. she overwhelms me with her graciousness and the gift of her words. well last week she overwhelmed me with an outward expression of His love. to me.
let me see if i can do this little exchange justice~
the pearl event was over & we were just loading up sibi’s car. everyone had left except for she & i. we were giggly and just plain giddy about the 24 hours that had just flown by. she had just blown a couple hundred of us away with her grace and her southern charm and her fantastic sense of humor. she was about to hop in the car and she took off her shoes to get comfy.
“OH MY GOSH> i totally forgot!! i was going to take off my shoes at the end of the presentation as a sign and symbol of my word to these women that God is a promise keeper”
she went on to share with me that in earlier days of isreal for a transaction to be binding, to show loyalty or finality, one party would take off his sandal and give it to the other person. she was going to take off her shoes and lay them down on the stage to symbolize to the women that they could trust her, that HE is the ultimate promise keeper. a sign of His love for them.
then she said, “NO>…these are for you. i’m to give these to you. a sign that you KNOW He loves you…..”
ok. let me tell that we went back & forth for quite a while. i told her ( through tears again) that just her desire alone to give me her shoes ( which just so happened to be my exact size. which just so happened to be my favorite style. which just so happened to be my favorite designer) moved me and left an impression that i would not soon forget.
she was radiant and glowy and all smiles. “no ma’am. they’re for you paige. He wanted me to actually give them to you.”
you can’t even imagine. you can’t even imagine what that gesture did to me. it was like she took the shirt right off her back and gave it to me. i know sibi’s story. i know some chapters from her past and i know some chapters from her present. knowing her story made this gift, this symbol, even more priceless to me than you can imagine. that’s that part of friendship that knits hearts together to weather the storms as much as the friendship can weather the breezy beautiful spring days like last saturday.
it wasn’t the worth of the “shirt” nor was it all about “who needed the shirt more”. it wasn’t that anyone would even know that she ” gave me her shirt” as no one was watching. it was just a transaction between two friends, it was just a pair of shoes loved by both of them as a symbol that He is a promise keeper.
did you know that He knows everything about you. He knows the hairs on your head. He knows the secrets in your heart, dark places in your past, your sins. all of it. no sin. no past. no yuck. zilcho. nothing is going to separate you from His love. if you want an incredible story, read joshua and learn about rahab. yep rahab. she was a prostitute. ended up being king david’s great great grandmother. hello. what sin? gone. wiped away. and not only was her former lifestyle forgiven, God chose to smack her right in the lineage of king david which also means she was in the lineage of Christ Jesus. can you believe that?? her life and the life of her family spared in the fall of Jericho as promised by God. ( there it is again, the promise) or you can read in genesis 38 and meet tamar. basically tamar dresses up like a prostitute and seduces her father in law in order to become pregnant. and then fastforward…she too ends up in the lineage of king david….and Jesus. unreal.
while the purpose for my blog is to journal my little world and these precious years with my girls, there is nothing more important i could ever , ever, tell you than you have a love like none other from your heavenly father. he knows you and loves you.
sometimes He uses a friend who takes off her fancy shoes, her fancy shoes that you absolutely love, and hand them to you as a sign of her promise and His. and then she drives away smiling and radiant because He’s already filled her with His joy. and you go home and sit on your backporch and feel Him say, “I love you. I know you love those fancy shoes and that friend of yours. I made you and I know everything about you and I know your struggles. I know how much gifts touch your heart and that’s why the gift from your friend is really a gift from Me”.
He loves you friends.