1. There are friendship soul-mates (friend, not just husband) with whom we share everything. (Elizabeth and Mary)
2. Friendships will change with the seasons of our life. We are naturally drawn to other women who face the same issues and share the same dreams. (Ruth and Naomi)
Mary and Elizabeth were soul-mate friends. They share intimate (spiritual/faith) details with each other. Mary didn't just share her visitation of the Angel with just anyone, but a friend that soul was the same as her's. After Mary had her visitation with the Angel she walked far to share it with a person who understood and believed in the same teachings. They both loved God. Friendship is best when we trust our God and follow His teachings and we step out on faith and trust our friend. Mary's journey to Elizabeth was not a few hours but a few days. To sustain a healthy friendship, we need to make an effort to foster the relationship. Sometimes it means a daily check-in, sometimes a weekly, or monthly, check-in but like any other relationship, friendships must be watered to bloom. When Mary came to Elizabeth she was overjoyed. Elizabeth didn't question Mary but, in returned encouraged her. That encouragement is what Mary needed. It was the food for her soul. Because of that encouragement Mary stayed with Elizabeth and helped her in her own needs.
Ruth and Naomi were two completely different people. There was the difference in language, age, and culture for them both. But they were in the same season of life. They were both grieving for the lost of their loved ones. Ruth loved Naomi and at that point in Ruth's season she needed something. She knew that Naomi could help her through her season. That is where it all began. Love, the simplicity of love! That love Ruth had cultivated a loving relationship with Naomi. It opened Ruth's grieving heart, to love again. God gives us people who are good for us, sometimes it can be open that we would never have chosen ourselves. God can turn around tragic situations through the friendship and support of our friends. True friendship takes consistent investments of time. Naomi took investment into Ruth's life. She took time to encourage her and speak into her life. On the other hand Ruth was open to listening and gleaning from Naomi. Ruth was willing to give up the past to go forward with Naomi. In their new season of life they clung to each other for support and friendship.