Best friends. Some are blessed to have several over the course of their lives. Others meet their one best friend early in life and develop a relationship that lasts a lifetime. But, every now and then God sends someone our way at just the right time to fill a special hole that we don’t even know exists. Such is the case for Joey Feek and her best friend, Julie.
In a new blog post from Rory Feek, he shares the story of Julie Zamboldi, a fan that became Joey’s best friend. Julie has been with Joey for the last week and was to return to Oregon tonight where she and her husband live. But, as Rory wrote, “There is a right time to say goodbye. Today isn’t that day.
“…this morning as I sat beside my wife, and Julie started packing her things… Joey’s tears began to fall.
She was inconsolable.
I put my arms around her and asked what was wrong. As her lips quivered and she tried to catch her breath, the tears streamed her cheeks and Joey said, ‘I don’t think I will ever see her again…’”
Rory goes on to tell the story of how Julie went from being just a fan to becoming Joey’s best friend. Julie and her husband met Joey+Rory while attending an outdoor festival seven or eight years ago. In the years to come, Julie and her husband would travel from their home in the Pacific Northwest to attend concerts across the country.
“It is safe to say that Julie is our biggest fan.
In time, we got to know Joe and Julie and we all become friends….. It turns out that Julie had lost two of her best girlfriends to cancer and it had hurt and scarred her, and somehow our music was a part of her healing.
Through the years my wife and Julie became very close.”
It wasn’t until Joey’s cancer returned that the couple knew just why Julie had been sent to them.
“Like an angel from heaven, it was as if God sent Julie to us. To her. But none of us exactly knew why, until the cancer showed up again this summer.”
Julie has been by Joey’s side through most of the last few months.
“She cooks, she cleans, changes the baby’s diaper, and does any and everything else that she can find to do that needs to be done while we’re living here out of suitcases… not waiting for someone we love to die. But helping the woman we all love to live. “
So, according to Rory, Julie’s plans have changed and she will be staying with her best friend.
“And as God would have it, the tables have turned and now it’s easy to see…Joey and I are Julie’s biggest fans.”
Read Rory's full blog post by clicking here.
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