I had a lot of friends in high school and some really encouraged me; however, I struggled to have those really close friends. I always seemed to be the person that people forgot about when they got busy. At times, I almost felt invisible. Sometime during my junior or senior year of high school, I met a person who really seemed to get me. Her name is Darlene Johnson. I don’t remember exactly how or when we met. It’s almost like we always knew each other.
We have similar personalities, which definitely helped us to understand each other. She always seemed to have fun, and that fun and joy rubbed of on me. We have many mutual friends, were involved with the same ministry, went to the same Bible School, and actually worked as missionaries for the same organization, although in different locations.
Darlene and I have one of those friendships, where we can be away from each other, then when we see each other it’s like we haven’t been apart. We saw each other sporadically when we were both missionaries. We would try to call each other, but since our calls were usually at least an hour and there was no free long distance back then, those calls didn’t happen as much as we would have liked.
We both moved back to Kansas City and got to spend a little more time together, even though we both had very busy lives. Then Darlene moved away for a really long time, and I kind of lost track of her. I tried to find out where she was, but we just didn’t get to connect. I wish that I would have worked hard to find her because she could have used my encouragement during some of that time.
Then years later, she moved back to Kansas City again. It took us a while to re-connect, but we did slowly. I went to a party at her house, and then another one. After the second party, we went out to eat when she got my order in. She ordered from my party, and when I took it to her, we talked for almost two hours.
Darlene is working to start her own ministry, and she invited me to be in the first small group she is leading using a book she has written. I’m so glad that I said yes. I am being reminded of so many things that I already knew about God and am growing so much. None of that would be possible without Darlene. I hope that I can be the kind of friend she needs; encouraging her as she grows her ministry and her business after she retires from her current job. I know that she will always be the kind of friend that I need. I know that whatever is going on in my life, she will be there to listen without judgement, to encourage, to counsel and to just be a friend.
Thank you Darlene! Make sure to check out Darlene ministry website. Divine Intention