A lot of relationships die. People move, change, grow apart. They move on, become different people. They grow distant.
- Staying in touch requires consistency. Random interactions aren’t sustaining. Setting and sticking with a plan increases the likelihood that we’ll actually stay in touch.
- Communication often needs to happen at inconvenient hours – before my eyes are really open or after my eyes want to shut.
- Shared time is both grand and tedious. We go on last-minute excursions to reconnect, but we also talk about laundry and contacts.
- Communication begets more communication. If we go a long time without talking, we’re more likely to feel like we have nothing to talk about.
- No matter how long it’s been, we can always reconnect.
So these friendships survive. When I feel like I’m having a long-distance relationship with God, I apply the lessons I’ve learned from my mostly-seen-on-skype friends, and just keep showing up.