Unexpected Joy


It was almost time to leave.

We’d been in SC for several weeks and had seen so many people but, as it always seems, had missed seeing so many more. Just a day before our departure, I was waiting in the car while Steven quickly ran in the church. She suddenly appeared at my window, the delight on her face as contagious as her laughing smile. I couldn’t open the door fast enough to hug my good friend of over 15 years.

Though I’ve only seen her a few times since we moved to Alaska, unexpectedly seeing her that day immediately reminded my heart of the warmth of true friendship. She and I share a very special love for one of my children – me as mother, and she as caretaker. She walked with me through both triumphs and challenges, forging a sweet friendship that time and distance have not diminished.

And God’s Providence of seeing her that particular day gifted me with unexpected joy . . . and thankfulness.

So very, very thankful.


Let’s remember during this season to be unceasingly grateful for those who have traveled alongside us on the path of life, just when we’ve needed them most.

A true friend is a gift of greatest joy!



Published by Arctic Travelogue

We are Southerns by birth, but spent the last 12 years living and working in Alaska with SEND North. We've now relocated to the Lower 48 to continue our ministry. Join us here as we explore what it means to have an expanded worldview, and find some opportunities to become involved!

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