Sometimes, a wall stands between people. And sometimes it stands forever. The wall wasn’t meant to be there. We construct walls from jealousy and insecurity and defensiveness and mistrust. Walls like that are held together by the mortar of old regrets, past hurts and the fear that, in the end, this one is gonna hurt you.
It’s some impressive yet unpleasant masonry, you know? That wall looks mighty tall, and the only thing you can shout over it are shallow phrases like: “Hi, how are you?” And “How’s the weather over there?”
I’ve never been much for that kind of behind-the-wall living.
But sometimes does that wall seem too tall to climb, seeing how it was built up over all those years? And sometimes, is it too thick, seeing how it’s a two-sided wall — built from two people’s pain?
But when you can’t walk over the wall, and you can’t go through it, how will you ever move into the real?
We go around it.
And all true friendships begin this way, with one small step.
You, dear hearts, are friends — real and honest and true. Oh, how I wish I could spend a weekend with you here in this place, with some of my other dear friends. No walls here! 🙂
I am in Texas! I am part of an online ministry called The High Calling, where I serve as a contributing editor. We’ve gathered at Laity Lodge in Texas this week, talking about ways to improve our craft and ways to work together to glorify God through our everyday work. One of our editors said during meetings yesterday that one of strengths as a team is that we lead from a place of brokenness. Which also means that the walls are so far removed that we can cry with each other … but also that we laugh until our sides hurt and jump into the Frio River with all our clothes on. 🙂
I like friends like that.
Writing with the Five-Minute Friday community today, where Lisa-Jo encourages us to just… write. No backtracking, no overthinking. Just write real and true. This week’s prompt: Friends.
If you haven’t already, I invite you to check out TheHighCalling.org, a community that helps Christians as they seek to honor God with all of their lives: work, family and play.