A Place of Refreshing Springs

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem. Psalm 84:5-7

I am overwhelmingly thankful today for the way God orchestrates our relationships to bless and strengthen us with deep fellowship. My sweet friend Laura, who I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, came up to Boston from Richmond this weekend. God aligned our schedules so we were able to spend a few precious hours together this morning.

I’ve known Laura since freshmen year of college when we joined the same Bible study and then became sisters of Delta Gamma. Laura is married to a Rwandan man and has spent the last few years splitting her time between Richmond and Kigali. This means we don’t see each other as regularly as we both would like.

When we do get together, it’s like we just saw each other the night before. We dive immediately into the big important stuff: hurts, joys, questions, and challenges. Laura knows my heart in a way that I can’t really explain. I can tell her bluntly about my sin because I know she shares in the beautiful redemption that God has lavished on us despite how little we deserve it.

Psalm 84:5-7 describes Laura’s heart. She is on a great pilgrimage with God, trusting so completely in His sovereign hand over her life, no matter how many times she walks through a “Valley of Weeping.” Laura actually IS that refreshing spring to so many searching hearts. I, too, am refreshed by her presence in my life.

When I’m with Laura, God is always there, too. She doesn’t go anywhere without Him.

I’m so thankful, Heavenly Father, for the gift of sisterhood with Your precious daughter Laura. I pray that all Your people would be refreshed with this same deep fellowship.