Janelle Gregory serves on the Resurrection staff as a Human Resources Specialist.
Every year-end of middle school, we had a yearbook signing day. We gathered in the gym and took turns passing around books to write messages like, “You’re sweet. Don’t change.” I would say that’s a silly phrase, but these were middle school girls. They could change every 30 minutes. That statement may have been less of a compliment and more of a directive. “You’re sweet at this very moment. PLEASE, I’M BEGGING YOU – DO NOT CHANGE!”
Then there were a few messages that took up half the page and carried on about how we were going to be friends forever. To be honest, when I look back on some of those now, I have to look up their picture to see who wrote it. Friends forever? Maybe not. But it makes you think, what makes a relationship stick? How is it that some friendships last longer and go deeper than others?
I like to picture people having different aspects that make them “sticky,” forming a bond between one another. There is a tiny bit of stickiness that comes from physical appearance and common surroundings. If you find someone with a similar interest, that part of you is sticky towards them, making your bond stronger. When you’re able to laugh together, that part of you is even stickier.
When we’re talking about deep and lasting bonds, those require a stronger adhesive. Often the stickiest parts of us are those that come with the most pain. Grief, fear, loss – they are extremely sticky. I think that’s how God designed them to be, knowing that we would need to stick to others and stick to God when we’re at our lowest.
When we face times when we’re hurt or scared, we don’t have to enjoy it, but we should take time to recognize that this part of us is sticky. This stickiness allows us to hold onto God in ways that we otherwise wouldn’t. Take advantage of that. God uses our sticky bond to bring beauty and restoration to His people, binding us close to the Ultimate Healer and to others walking a similar path.
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