My sister, Kathy is two years younger than myself, but in many ways she has been like an older sister to me. I make this claim, because she often experiences things before I do. There have been times when I've wanted to just say, "WAIT YOUR TURN!"
When we were children, my family attended church faithfully. We went to a church in our town where my uncle was the minister. Everyone in my family had a job in the church. My sister and I sang in the choir. My father was a deacon, and my mother did all the things that needed to be done behind the scenes. For several weeks, I had been trying to get up the nerve to get baptised. One Sunday, as I was contemplating what to do, Kathy walked past me and headed to the alter. I couldn't believe it! Instead of saying, "Wait Your Turn!" I marched right down the aisle behind her. I wasn't going to let my little sister get baptised before I did. Needless to say, we were both baptised a few weeks later.
Many years later, when we became young adults, Kathy announced that she was getting married. My family liked the guy she had been dating, but even I didn't realize that things had gotten so serious, and in my opinion a bit too quickly. Can you guess what I was thinking? Well this time I said it to her directly, "WAIT YOUR TURN!" "Don't you know the older sister is supposed to marry before the younger one does?" .... and her response was, "I can't wait for you." What could I say to that. She was right. How could she wait for me? I had no desire to marry in the near future and who knew when I would be ready.
Happily, Kathy did marry the following year. A few months after that she relocated to another state because of her husband's job. My sister and my best friend ended up living a thousand miles away. A year or so later they had their first child, my niece. What about me you ask? It would be seven years later until I married. By that time, Kathy would be pregnant with their second child, my nephew. As it turns out, I would have my only daughter, a couple of years after that.
Yes, Kathy is my sister, but she is also my friend. She prayed with me when I finally decided I was ready to meet someone and get married. She encouraged me when I thought I would never meet that special guy. After I had my daughter, she advised me when I didn't no what to do. Although she is my younger sister, she tends to experience milestones before I do. I cherish her wisdom and her advice. I no longer needed to say "Wait Your Turn!" but instead she would often reassure me that everything was going to be okay, by reminding me, "Now It's Your Turn." I love Kathy. She is my sister, she is my prayer partner, and she is my friend.