A few years ago I had the brilliant idea that I would go to Istanbul, Turkey. I am not sure what lead me to want to go to Turkey other than overhearing someone say they had a good time there. I had talked to my brother and discussed my plans of traveling alone but he then reminded me that one of his friends lived and worked in Turkey. I was a little apprehensive because I knew his friend....as a matter of fact she was my friend at one point in my 20s but life and years separated us. He ensured me that it would be okay and that I would have a good time and I am sure he did the same thing for her.
So the planning began for us to meet up and spend a few days in Istanbul (she lived a few hours away from there) it would be a mini vacation for both of us. We talked a few times over the phone and through emails and everything seemed to be okay between us despite the lack of communication through the years.
Finally it was vacation time! When I pulled up at the hotel there was my some what "friend" there to greet me. I wouldn't be honest if I said that it was a little awkward for like 2 seconds. The moment we opened our mouths to say hello I don't think we stopped talking until we said good bye to each as I headed to the airport a few days later.
I often refer to Turkey as my Eat Pray Love moment! The first meal we had was lunch and it lasted well into the evening. We couldn't walk by a pastry window without going in to try something and have a cup of tea which most times turned into an hour long conversation. If you had looked at us through the window you would have thought we were sisters or life long friends. Our conversations covered relationships, love, religion, books, our future and we even talked about the past and why we stopped talking. By the end of the trip we were sad to see each other go. In just a few days we had allowed healing to happen and a life long friendship to grow.
I am thankful for Istanbul because I know it was all in GOD's plan. Last night as I was studying the word of GOD I read Matthew 13:1-23 over and over again. I asked myself what type of seed am I sowing daily. As I was reading the word I was reminded of a picture that I took while I was in Turkey (checkout the picture above) which in return reminded me of the awesome seed that was sown between myself and my friend and how I want to sow a deep planted seed with everyone I meet.
Just earlier this week GOD convicted me by asking me who I was passing judgement on (I blog about here) so I know that HE is working somethings out in me which means HE LOVES ME!
I no longer want to sow seeds that die......
To my friend Alicia thank you for such an AWESOME trip and I love you like crazy!
Matthew 13:23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”