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A 1949 musical, “South Pacific,” has a signature song that I loved singing when I was a teen, “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair.” I was a typical boy-crazy teen and those words were exactly what I needed from time to time. The storyline had Ensign Nellie Forbush falling in love with a middle-aged French plantation owner on a south Pacific island during World War II. Of course, she was having problems – what good play or musical doesn’t have love problems? In one of the funnier scenes, she’s shown using an outside shower, soaping up her hair and singing to her fellow navy nurses. They, of course, are cheering her on, knowing how frustrating relationships can be.

The sisterhood is an amazing phenomenon. I just attended a Woman of Faith weekend. It was held in a large entertainment center in downtown St. Louis. I’d never witnessed anything quite like it—thousands of women on their feet singing and praising God for his goodness and guidance. It was awe inspiring.

The relationship between a man and a woman is one ordained and blessed by God, but that doesn’t mean you give up your woman pals. Female friends let married women take a break from being super mom and super wife. Of course, we’re all not married and so friends become an even higher priority. There’s new research showing friendships impact our emotional and physical health. Friendships can protect us from depression and anxiety. They can boost our immune system, and we have a healthier cardiovascular system when we spend time with friends.

Friendship of Women

There’s a great passage in the Bible about the friendship of women. The story begins with the Israelites finally getting permission to leave the captivity and cruelty of the Egyptians. Imagine the fear mixed with joy on everyone’s hearts as they marched out of the city into the wilderness. They wondered if it was possible their decades of being slaves were over. And how do you think they felt when they realized that Pharaoh and his army went back on their word and followed them? Exodus 14:10, fills in the blanks. “As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them.”

But God hadn’t led them this far to be destroyed. The miracle of the parting of the sea was just one bit of the story. When the Israelites crossed the dry bed of the sea and reached the opposite shore, the waters then covered the entire Egyptian army that had been mired in the mud by the forces of God.

God washed those men right out of the hair of the Israelites. And who does it say stopped and praised God with singing and tambourines? It was Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses, and her women friends. The friends that she’d made in Egypt and the friends that she consulted during their time of trouble and on their trek out of Egypt. The friends she cried with and prayed with took time for rejoicing. They didn’t just sing and play their tambourines, Exodus 15:20 says they danced.

Has it been too long since you’ve taken time with a best friend to sing, rejoice and maybe even dance?

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By Dee Litten Reed. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture take from the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION © 1996.

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