Ive been mussing a bit over friendship. Not just casual friendships, but ones that are really close. A good friend is one who tells you the truth, who loves you in spite of your flaws, who encourages you yet is willing to cry with you while she does. A good friend is there to stand in the gap with you and walks with you through the mountains and valleys both.
It's just kind of mysterious to me how the connection is instantly there. When I look at the friendships in my life, they have started with one look into their eyes. There is something about our souls that bonded together right from the start. I don't believe I've ever had a friend where that connection didn't happen right from the start.
Some of my friendships started over email. That was more a melding of minds at the beginning, but when we met in person, that soul connection was still immediate. I've had other connections over email where the personal meeting didn't result in the instant soul bonding so it's still mysterious to me. Some friendships started with respect first, but the instant eye-to-eye bonding still happened and the professional relationship grew into friendship.
But sometimes one side of the relationship feels a connection and wants to bond better, but the other person doesn't feel it. Again, it's so mysterious how some relationships progress to a close friendship and others don't. I've always thought God brings in the friends we need as a special gift. There is no other explanation for it to me. :)
How about you? When you look at the friends in your life, how did the friendship start? What was the magic ingredient for you?