“Can you meet me at Ryan’s Café for lunch?” Lisa’s request wasn’t out of the ordinary, yet the strain in her voice tugged at Janice’s mind while she drove to the café.
Something was going on. Although she didn’t have a clue what it might be, her heart pounded as she parked and crossed the lot to the door of the small café that served the best home cooked meals in town. At least that’s what her husband always said before he’d wink and add, “Other than yours, of course.”
A smile set on her lips at the memory and widened when she saw Lisa waiting for her in a back booth. She lifted her hand in greeting.
Lisa’s answering smile could’ve been mistaken for a grimace. Still, she grasped Janice’s hand as soon as she sat down. “I’m so glad you came. If ever I need a friend, it’s now, and you’re the best friend I’ve ever had.”
Janice’s heart dropped like a dead weight on her stomach. This didn’t sound like a broken fingernail problem. She took a deep breath and squeezed her friend’s hand. “What’s wrong, Lisa?”
“He walked out.” Lisa hiccupped a sob, covered her mouth, and two big tears rolled from her eyes.
Janice held her breath, hoping she was wrong. “Who?” Do you mean—?”
“Yes, Cameron. My two-timing husband.” Silent tears ran down Lisa’s cheeks even as she squeezed her eyes tight. “He wants a divorce.”
“I’m so sorry.” Janice couldn’t think of anything else to say.
“Don’t be. My mom says I should be thankful to be rid of him.” Lisa blotted her tears. “But I can’t. I have nothing to be thankful for.”
“Oh, no …” Janice thought of so many things Lisa had to be thankful for. If nothing else, one was that she found out before she and Cameron had children. How much harder it would have been if a child was involved. But it wasn’t her place to list her friend’s blessings. Lisa needed to realize those things on her own. And she would. When the pain eased, she’d understand God had not abandoned her.
“If there’s anything I can do to help …” Janice laid her hand on Lisa’s unsure how to finish without saying too much.
“Thank you. You’re a good friend.”
Although Janice couldn’t remember ever saying she had nothing to be thankful for, she’d often acted that way. Yet even in her lowest circumstances there’d always been much to praise God for.
At that moment, she made a promise to herself. She’d be available for Lisa, but she’d also begin a list of blessings for herself to take out during those times she needed it the most. Thank You, Lord for Your blessings even when we can’t see them right off!
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. II Thessalonians 5:18