To the group of high school friends. I love who you are. I love your energy and how you root for each other. You may not know it yet, but these friendships are some of the very best. God has placed these people in your life for a reason. You will learn the most from this group. You will have the most laughs and you will for sure leave high school with so many inside jokes. I am so happy that you have been able to spend the last few years with such a strong group of people. Just think about the first time you all met. The first time you all decided to hang out, outside of school. What was the class you all had together? Where did it all begin?
For me, it started in middle school. I was on the volleyball team with one of them. We were the two new kids, the ones with our lockers right next to each other because that is where they squeeze all the “newbies”. The first day of school, I walked into class and found my name right next to some guys name. I didn’t think much of it but it turns out that his friendship would bring so much joy. After a few years of friendship, he still tells me that he hated me at first. Good thing God had a different plan ( LOL ). Then we have the group of amazing ladies I met at church the first time I went. These ladies have been with me for so long. The first Sunday, I was so scared. But there is this one girl that just oozes love and from my first night, she has never stopped showing me what it is like to love someone as Jesus would love. I love my high school friends and I love the time I was able to spend with them. But for you reader, I want you to understand that these friendships you have may not be “perfect” but they are perfect for your season right now. These people have been placed in your life, for this season because, if they are anything like the good Christian friends I have, then God is using them to shape and mold you. These friendships, although they my not last forever here on earth, they do hold heavenly value and you will forever be bonded through your relationship with Jesus.
But the reality is that one day, you won’t all be together. And I hate that, but it is the truth. It is supposed to happen. You are supposed to graduate and allow the Lord to call you all over the place. But believe me when I say that I know how terribly hard it is to say goodbye. How hard it is to be taken out of the group messages, to want to reach out to an old friend but it has been so long and it may be weird. I know what it is like to leave everything you love in exchange for people who look at you funny and think you are weird. I know what it is like to laugh with your friends over the phone and when you hang up, start crying because you miss them. But as one of my friends told me before I left, “this breaks His heart to.” God doesn’t want us to be overcome with sorrow and He wishes that you all could keep grabbing ice cream every day, jamming in the car on your way to track practice, and praying together as a lunch table every single day. He wishes you could live in the comfort of your home church and never have to feel alone ever again. But at the same time, He wants the very best for you. He wants to see you conquer your fears one at a time. He wants to build up a community of people who love you so crazy much. He wants you to be brave and show the world what it means to walk in faith. And sometimes, in order to do that, He has to call you to leave. He needs to move you across the world (it feels like) in order to accomplish what He has promised you. So yes, it breaks His heart for you to say goodbye, it breaks his heart to see you crying at night wishing you could be back in your hometown. But he knows that one day, maybe years from now, you will be thankful. And reader, these friendships you have know will forever hold a place in your heart. You will be able to meet up for lunch while you and your future family are on your way to vacation and just happen to stop in the town of one of your besties. You will still go to those people when you need advice or see something funny that reminds you of them. These people will be the ones to find all of the cringy pictures of you and post them on social media on your birthday. These people will forever be, your people. No matter where you live, no matter where you go, and no matter what happens, these high school friends will always be there for you. But you have to admit, there is something amazing about meeting new people because just imagine what life would have been like if you had never met your high school friends.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster