“Two is Better Than One” Thank You Card
Ps.133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
When I (Ophelia) first read this verse, the person that immediately came to my mind was my best friend Grace Yang. The two of us are 2 peas in pod, BFFs, bosom buddies! We were joined at the hip – that is, until I moved away. But even still, the distance could not weaken the bond we have. Not simply because we understand each other or even love each other, but because we love Jesus Christ.
To give you a peak into our friendship, we decided to interview both Grace and yours truly as the final segment of our In Numbers Interview Series. Thankfully, Grace didn’t embarrass me too much! =D
Grace and me at one of our good friend’s Kentucky Derby themed bridal shower!
IP: Who is your best best best bestest friend ever?! ;D And how did you meet?
G: My best best best bestest friend ever is Ophelia (Ophy) Dunk. We met when I was 5 and she was 3 in Hong Kong, where she is from. Our dads were roommates at National Taiwan University studying to be dentists, and we were in Hong Kong for a dental reunion. It wasn’t until Ophy moved to Los Angeles a few years later when we became best friends. To this day, our dads are still very close friends and serving at the same church.
O: She is Grace Yang, and she is the most understanding and patient woman I know.
IP: What do you think makes you two connect so well?
G: We love Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is by His grace that we are sisters in Christ and desire to love, serve, and sharpen one another. Over the past 25 years, we have shared in the greatest joys and deepest trials. Most of my memories since childhood include Ophy in them. Through it all, we have been there for each other to point to God’s sovereignty, goodness, and care towards us in every detail of life.
O: I echo what Grace said. She and I knew each other since we were itty-bitty, so our spiritual walks alongside each other have been long, sometimes difficult, but mostly joyous ones. Together, God called us to salvation, built up our understanding of Him, and grew our love for Him. It is through our belief in the same Savior Jesus Christ that we have developed such a strong connection.
IP: Tell our readers a funny story of you two.
G: Hmmm… where to start?? There are experiences better left unmentioned. =) But I distinctly remember sitting in the backseat of her Mom’s car driving to various church functions, each holding a huge bowl of cut melons and secretly eating the melons the whole way to church, only to cover up the dent we made before getting out of the car. This happened on numerous occasions. Maybe that’s why I’m now allergic to all melons. It must be punishment for eating too many melons. However, I can still live vicariously through Ophy as she gets to eat them still!
O: As I attempt to remember a funny story of the two of us, I keep thinking of funny stories of just Grace! Haha! But I won’t divulge those here, since she could have chosen one of my numerous embarrassing moments to share with ya’ll. =D Let’s see…one Sunday after church, on my 12th or 13th birthday, I found myself alone and abandoned by Grace and my other friends. Everyone had left without a word! I was furious. To make things worse, my mom comes up to me and tells me that she has to make a Costco run and I was stuck going with her! Throughout the entire Costco trip, I was fuming. By the time we left Costco, though, I was exhausted from the church activities of the day and, apparently, my indignation. So, I fell asleep in the car. I am not sure how long my family and friends let me sleep in the garage, but when I finally woke up and walked into the house, all my friends and family were waiting for me! This whole time, Grace and my sister were throwing me a surprise birthday party!… And there goes my indignation. =}
IP: How has your friendship been different since Ophelia moved away?
G: Since Ophy has moved away, our friendship has continued to grow and strengthen by God’s grace. I miss her a lot, and there are definitely times when I miss her a lot more than usual, especially when I have a tough day and can’t just drive over to her place to talk it out or just cry on her shoulder. Even though we don’t get to see each other as often, when we do catch up over the phone or Skype, we can easily pick up from our last conversation and keep going.
O: The long distance and time difference have required us to make a greater effort to keep in touch. We definitely had to adjust at the beginning. It is a lot more difficult now to find times to talk that match both our schedules. This challenge forces us to work harder at our friendship. I think it is a blessing in disguise though, because (1) it is that much sweeter when we do see each other face-to-face and (2) it keeps us from taking our friendship for granted.
IP: How have both of your relationships with Christ influenced your friendship?
G: Christ has taught me to love and forgive. Since He loves me, I am to love others with Christ’s love, with patience, kindness, and a quickness to forgive. As we grow in our love and worship of Jesus Christ, we are better able to love and care for one another. God has taught me to trust Him no matter where He takes us in life, whether as roommates or all the way across the nation. My friendship with Ophy is truly a blessing and encouragement. I am forever thankful that I get to share this life with one of the most gentle and humble women I know. What an evidence of God’s grace.
O: Being so close to someone provides many opportunities to practice the “one another” commands of the Bible, sometimes even without realizing it. Encourage one another (1 Thes.4:18; 5:11). Show hospitality to one another (1 Pet.4:9). Teach one another (Col.3:16). Admonish one another (Col.3:16). Exhort one another (Heb.3:13). Seek to do good to one another (1 Thes.5:15). Stir up one another to love and good works (Heb.10:24). Confess your sins to one another (Jms.5:16). Pray for one another (Jms.5:16). Forgive one another (Eph.4:13). Bearing with one another in love (Eph.4:2). Serve one another (Gal.5:13; 1 Pet.4:10). Comfort one another (2 Cor.13:11). Love one another (Rom.12:10; 1 Pet.1:22).
Of course, both of us have failed numerous times at this, but learning from the forgiving character of our Savior has spurred us to forgive one another and come out of the situation closer than before. And when we do not fail, when God gives us the grace to live together in unity…Boy! We do feel blessed!
For me, our “Two is Better than One” card was designed with Grace in mind. Do you have a Grace in your life? How often do you sit and ponder the gift that is her? More importantly, how often do you tell her that you appreciate her? Don’t wait! Tell her! Text, email, call, or write. Whichever method you choose, your friend will be grateful.