So, today I discovered that I had been "de-friended" on Facebook. I wondered why I had not heard from or seen any messages from a certain "friend" for a while...so I checked my "friend" list, and discovered that she was no longer there. I know I didn't remove her from my friend list, so she had to have removed herself. I checked a couple of our other "mutual friends", and she was still on their friend lists, so I then realized that this was a deliberate action on her part.
Wow! I must say I was at first a bit perturbed by this discovery. I mean, for quite a few months I had attempted to be as real of a friend as one can be on Facebook...even though we had never actually met face to face. We became acquainted through one of our mutual friends, and although we didn't have a lot of things in common, I truly believed that there was a real purpose for our becoming friends. Actually, to be quite honest, one could say that we both came from opposite sides of the Universe as far as what we believed, both religiously and politically, and what values we held as precious. In many ways we were extreme opposites, and we often found ourselves in the middle of a great debate about our individual stands. After going back and forth expressing our opinions, quoting scriptures, deciphering truth vs. fiction, we would then bring our "discussion" to a halt with an agreement to "disagree". Even though I would become frustrated and somewhat disturbed by our differences, I actually appreciated the opportunity to stretch my own knowledge, take a look at the other side, and dig deeper for the truth. It was a healthy exercise that kept me on my toes, and I was learning in the process.
I guess I need to just chalk this one up to inexperience in the art of relating to someone so obviously different than myself. But I can't shake the feeling that our paths didn't cross by some cyber-space accident. There was a Divine pilot steering our vessels into each others' worlds, even if for only a millisecond of eternity. I don't believe in "coincidences"...they are ALL Divine appointments. Both individuals do not have to agree on this point for it to be true, and I know my "friend" did NOT agree that this could be possible. (She was very emphatic about that!)
So, I pray that somehow, someway, in HIS TIME, our "friendship" will resume. If not in this world, then maybe, by some stroke of God's paintbrush, it will be in the world to come.
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.'" Matthew 19:26