|Isn't she beautiful?!?|
“I don’t understand why you won’t be my best friend!”
“Well, I have lots of friends and love them all.”
My mind flashed to the stories she had told me of the mission team she grew up with, the ladies deciding to love each other equally, and how beautifully it had turned out: a group of best friends for life. I was in trouble.
Amy could not have been more different than I. I was loud, harsh, abrasive, and she was the epitome of grace and gentleness. Distinctive, Amy changed car tires with ease, drove a truck though her home in the Appalachian mountains, and drank Kenyan Chai by the gallon. I knew the moment I met her that I wanted to be her best friend.
If only I could convince her…
|Survey Trip to Cambodia with Amy|
Amy could divide her heart, and, in doing so, multiplied her love for others. She had opened her heart to two worlds: her childhood home in Africa and her later-years home of Tennessee. She could wear a kanga and say “you’uns” at the same time. She initially baffled me, but her divisible heart made room for me, and I count her one of the greatest blessing of my life.
I have, over the years since Amy and I have lived on different sides of the ocean, berated myself for having such a single-minded heart. What a curse!
But God knew Amy’s heart needed to be without boundaries, and mine needed a large fence to keep me in.
|I was 18 here and about to leave for 6 months in Cambodia|
I realize I am unusual in my feelings, but I truly believe God creates us for His purposes and plans. I can see He used my heart to keep me here through five prenatal depressions, losing our support, and moving to a village. My heart divided would not have been able to withstand the trials we have faced; therefore, I praise the Lord for His foresight and for creating me just the way He did. He used Amy to teach me to love others irrespectively but kept my heart united and focused on the ministry He gave me when I was only sixteen.
How have you seen God mold you through your interactions with others? In turn, how have you seen God use the unique qualities He gave you for His purposes?
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.