Most of us have plenty of friends, we’re in Bible Studies, Jericho Girls Groups, social and business associations, and yet we still long for connection. Why is connectedness so allusive?
Diving beneath the superficial, to an underworld of deep and meaningful relationships, we search for acceptance, trust, and authenticity, but it’s scarce. How do we find it? Like finding a pearl—especially in the wild—is a rarity. But it’s not impossible.
Discovering the power of connectedness is much like learning to scuba dive. You practice in shallow waters. Once comfortable there, you progress to lakes and oceans, adventuring deeper and deeper. But until we begin the adventure, we will never encounter what we are looking for.
So roll backwards off your boat of safety. Reach out, take someone’s hand.
Make time for relationships and be patient with how long it takes to build them. Embrace childlike wonder in making transparent friendships and don’t worry about acceptance. (I know, though to do.) Always keeping in mind the value of a true friend.
My version of Matthew 13:45-46:
“Connecting with women is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when she had found one pearl of great price, gave all that she had to keep it.”