That special person you hold a unique bond with. A bond you find yourself growing through, learning from, and gaining new insights from. Someone you have an explainable thankfulness for.
You admire their façade, their values, way of life, and you’re openly comfortable around them. It was surely God’s providence that brought you two together but choice kept you together. Fun times, good laughter, and great dialogue keeps the times together memorable, yet nevertheless, the most thoughtful affection this person has for you; they believe in you.
“What a great favor God does to those he places in the company of good people!” -St. Teresa of Avila
This person, often times out of nowhere in unexpected ways, hits you with uplifting words, deeds, or comments. This person may not be in your life as much as family and friends but they have faith in you. This person would do anything to see you shine (and they already know you shine). With nothing short of every good intention, they want to be a part of your journey and are interested in where you’re going.
This heart-warming bond is crucial for our sanity.
“Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.” -St. Thomas Aquinas
You didn’t have to do anything spectacular, award-winning, or monumental to win their approval, this person just sees your light. You could fail miserably and they are still right there next to you telling you what you need to hear. They applaud every intention—not the outcome—as “award-winning.” And when self-defeat brings you down, they know it and do something about it.
“Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect person. But, help your friend to become a perfect person.” – BL. Mother Theresa
You can trust them. You feel your own self-assurance come back just by being in their presence. Their example, virtues, and habits inspire you.
If you were able to identify who your person is, I beg you to thank him/her. Text them randomly, send them a letter, copy this link and send it. There is something so mysteriously powerful in knowing someone believes in you, sees your potential, and genuinely cares. Sometimes they may never say it, but their every action towards you proves it.
“Be steadfast in true friendship because there is nothing so precious in human relations.” –St. Ambrose
This person may not stay in your life forever, they may (without intention) drift out of your life and you’ll be disappointed about that but it won’t ruin your life because you’ll never forget, for one second, how they impacted your life.
Now, I want you to take a moment and consider one essential truth of this person. The affection this person has when he/she is with you is but a mere glimpse of the abundant greater affection God has when He looks at you.
When I see the goodness my person possesses, the comfort that exists when we’re together, the authentic, unselfish smile they put on my face, and their faith in me— I see a human depiction of how Jesus would be if He were physically with me on Earth.
God put your person in your life to show you His love through them and we ought to know that it is God working through that person, just for you.
Likewise, someone who read this thought of you. You are the face of God for someone. Be the face of God for someone.
“One of the wonders of God’s providence is that he chooses to associate souls, one to another, so that they help each other on their journey. Finding people we share a spiritual kinship with (because of how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives) helps us grow closer to him. Sometimes he even links these lives together for a larger purpose that will reveal itself with time. Meditating on this mysterious encounter, don’t forget to ask Mary to help you and your spiritual friends listen carefully for God’s voice in your lives, so that you can walk with him and with each other.”
“Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth share a bond of kinship. But we see how they also share a spiritual kinship because of how the Holy Spirit is acting in their lives, fashioning the Messiah and his prophet deep inside their wombs. During those months, Mary and Elizabeth don’t just sit around waiting. They are working, preparing for Elizabeth’s baby, quietly conversing, and praying. Together, they are like a little monastic community.”
-Meditation on ‘The Visitation’ in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary