After a long car ride from Bradenton, Florida to Orlando, my dear friend Charla dropped me off at the hotel. The Seize the Day ymCa Conference was to be held the following day. It was a special gift to spend time with Charla especially since I hadn’t seen her for four years. (Our shared anchor moment on the beach that I wrote about in Leap of Faith part 8 still gives me goosebumps!) After Charla dropped me off, there was no time to feel lonely because God had another gift for me. He connected me with my college roommate Amy who I hadn’t seen since the 1980’s.
Amy and I had totally lost touch after college. She moved to Florida and I moved to Arizona. Our other roommate, Charlene, connected us together by a miracle because she found me on Facebook and my identity there is only a nickname. Charlene messaged me a picture of us decorating a Christmas tree in our college apartment and asked me if I were the Gina in that picture. I almost didn’t recognize myself but I did recognize my roommates and was so joyfully surprised Charlene found us!
A couple of weeks before my trip to the Seize the Day Conference, I contacted Amy to see if she could spend some time with me in Orlando. Amy was only able to spend the night Sunday but we made the most of our short time together. We went out to dinner and later swam in the luxurious resort pool. It had been decades since I saw Amy last, but talking and laughing with her, it seemed like just a few weeks had gone by.
Amy and I were both so pleasantly surprised that though we both had grown in wisdom from raising our families, learning in our careers, and living other life lessons, we were still basically the same. I remember Amy being very kind and gentle. She still is that sweet soul. Amy laughed a lot and pointed out to me that I too hadn’t changed much. She remarked how she always admired how I could make friends with everyone I meet, as she watched me interact with waiters and the resort personnel.
It was a joy visiting with Amy and I will always treasure in my heart that she took the time to meet with me that night. I hope to visit her again in the future. Good friends are truly a gift. The love and laughter they provide is priceless and their encouragement helps us get over the speed bumps on our journey.