Over twenty years ago I lost contact with my best friend. We didn’t drift apart or went our separate ways; we were torn apart. Ripped apart actually.
We were raised in different countries, with different cultures, languages and beliefs. We both came to the United States in search for a brighter future and found each other. I don’t know about you, but social life in high school was hard. We were strange girls. We didn’t look, act or dress like the rest. For the first year or so, we were the outcasts. I’m not embarrassed to admit that we were at the bottom of all high school cliques. Nevertheless because we had each other, it didn’t matter. We built a true friendship, there was such transparency, love and respect. I’ve had other great friendships since of course, but not like this one.
Just a couple of months after her high school graduation, she was put on a plane and sent back to a land I knew nothing about. Unable to make contact, we were heartbroken.
I spent the next 15 years searching for her on online databases, and about five years ago, I began to lose hope. Thousand of searches later, and tons of unsuccessful social media friend requests I almost gave up. Almost.
Two days ago, she found me. I can’t even begin to describe the emotional rollercoaster I’ve experienced since. I am so grateful she is okay. The circumstances under which she left, and what she’s been through since break my heart. The details are not mine to share but I will say that it’s only by the grace of God she is still here. Hope is an amazing gift, I’m thankful she did not lose hope and continued searching for me, just as I was searching for her.
Just as we were actively seeking one another, looking forward to the day when we would be reunited, Christ seeks us out. Even more so. His love is so amazing that he doesn’t lose hope like we do. He longs to have a lasting and loving relationship with each one of us. He wants is to gather us like a hen under her wings. He wants to love on us and protect us.
Finding Shaima after searching for her for 21 years, is a miracle that could only be accomplished though Him. One more reason for which I will praise Him.