A balm - a soothing, healing, or comforting agent
It's a word that is rarely used anymore, but it perfectly described how God used my friends yesterday, just when I needed it.
After the day before (as described in my last post), I felt run down and really just wanted to sit and cry some more. However, I had already planned to have a few fellow homeschooling moms (good friends) over for lunch so I could share some record-keeping tips with them, as they all have boys going into highschool or already in highschool.
They all came in with food and kids and the hustle and bustle began. It was good to get my mind off of my own family and just be in fellowship with others.
We stood around talking and preparing food and finally were ready to eat, when I offered to ask the blessing over the food. As I was praying, I asked God to let us be a "balm" to one another. Why that word came to me, I don't know, but I suspect it was because my Heavenly Father knows what I need before I do.
The afternoon was filled with all of us sharing our concerns for our kids, pros and cons about groups and peers, and talking about the privilege of having our kids at home. We shared our knowledge and wisdom with one another and listened while hearts were poured out and some tears were shared. It was a sweet time of fellowship that, obviously everyone needed. I didn't want it to end! But, the time came for everyone to go home, so we gathered up children (sunburn and wrinkled from swimming) and wrapped up the food, and all went their separate ways.
When everyone was gone and I was left to think over the day, I felt it - that soothing, healing, comforting feeling of having been exactly where God wanted me. He had given me a balm in my friends. I felt so blessed and so loved; by HIM and by them.
As strange as that little word sounds on the lips of this generation, it will forever hold a special place in my mind, because God gave it to me at just the right time, when I needed it the most.
Thank you, Lord, for healing, soothing, comforting friends who have blessed me with their presence (and they probably don't even know it).
Until next time.......