By Emily Edwards

As I entered into the college world, I had high expectations for my friendships. My entire life people told me that college is when you make lifelong friendships. So of course, I expected to meet my best friends right off the bat.

The first few weeks of freshman year were alright. I kept busy without really trying. I think anyone can relate to the chaos that a new home, new schedule and new responsibilities bring.

One thing I began to notice was this emptiness that I felt from the lack of true friendship. I was hanging out with girls and meeting plenty of new people, but I could tell these relationships were lacking depth and compassion. They didn’t support or encourage me and were only there when it was convenient for them.

By October of my freshman year, I felt like I had no friends. I was on my own. I knew I still had my friends from home, but they weren’t experiencing day-to-day life with me here. I began to spend more time reading my Bible and consistently praying for friendship to fill the void.

Since my junior year of high school, when the thought that I would be leaving my friends first sank in, I sporadically prayed for and about the people I would meet in college. It wasn’t until the spring of that year that I understood the impact of those prayers.

One by one, the most caring, encouraging and intentional girls walked into my life. It was no coincidence. I believe each one of them was placed in my life by God for a purpose. We immediately connected, from talks about faith to reliving our One Direction days.

I am continuously blown away by the love and compassion each one of them have for me and for all of our friends.

When I tell my mom about what my friends and I are doing on the weekends, she says something along the lines of how we are all made for each other and how thankful she is that my friends are just as goofy as I am. But then, she tells me how it is no coincidence that these girls are in my life and that I have so much fun doing life with them — it’s all God’s work.

Even though I had to go through a hard time before I found my friends, I am so thankful that I did because it makes me truly appreciate and understand the timing of the Lord. The verses below encouraged me and gave me hope while I was waiting on Him to work. They help me remember our God is a God who is always there, knowing exactly what we need and when we need it.  

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18