The Friend I've Never
Jeanette Berry, January 1994
I will begin with a disclaimer.
This is just a story without a moral. I'm not even sure why
I', telling you this except that I think you will find it
Several years ago the wife of a
co-worker came to visit. She greeted me with these words,
"You're the friend I've never met." I thought that was so
unique. Her husband had talked to her of me and he talked to
me of her. When were finally met one another we were already
Now, I have another unique
situation in which I have a friend I have never met. At the
beginning of the school year, as I pulled out of my drive I would
pass a young man walking in the opposite direction. It
seemed our schedules coincided, because we passed one another
One morning as we passed, I lifted
a finger in a sort of a half-hearted acknowledgement. He
nodded in the same non-committal manner. This went on for
quite a few days. The my wave got a little stronger---more
of an unofficial salute, and he responded in the same manner.
One day I was half way to school
when I realized I had not seen my friend. A funny thought
that in my mind, he is now "my friend". The next day there
he was. I was pleased and it showed in my wave. He
responded in like manner.
On one occasion I drove Tom's car
to school and when I passed he was caught by surprise. He
recognized me in time to wave. However, when I once drove
Dianne's truck (rest assured transportation was desperate) he
barely knew me in time.
Now we are like old pals. I
wave vigorously and he waves and gives me this big smile. My
day is brighter and I even pray for him as I go.
One of these days I am going to
stop and find out who he is, where he is going so regularly
everyday, and tell him how much our meeting each morning starts my
day off right. I feel confident that we will be able to chat
easily and comfortably. Perhaps this is the method that God
is using to reach this fellow with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If so, what thrill. Until then, he remains my friend
whom I have never met.
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