“You’ve changed in the short time I’ve known you.”
My friend made the observation as we drove up the windy road through the mountains, chatting on our way home from a moms’ night out. I smiled because I knew she meant the statement in a positive way. After over a year living in northern Utah, my walls were finally coming down. I was inviting people into the space in my heart I usually kept guarded. And this was a huge step for me.
Whenever we invite someone into the part of our souls that makes us our unique, one-of-a-kind selves, there is risk, isn’t there? It’s a place where we reveal our quirks, our passions, and even our fears. Sometimes we never arrive at this point, because it’s too scary. I know, because for a long period of my life, the walls never came down. After facing rejection in many forms and on many occasions, my heart became weary and calloused.
I convinced myself that I didn’t need friendship.
But God, being the truth-teller he is, showed me how beautiful friendship can be. He revealed a key truth about friendships that I missed for much of my life. And because I missed it, I faced a lot of heartache.
Will you continue reading with me? I’m sharing about belonging over at Sarah K. Butterfield’s beautiful site this week…