It is interesting to watch young couples. In multiple ways they are the same as mature ones, yet there is a difference. Frequently, young couples have not learned to bury their feelings or wrap them up in a façade. Specifically, the emotional dependency and priority that they have in each other is out on display for the observant. They care, deeply. They depend, more than they know or will admit. They cover for the other. Driven by the awareness of the other’s vulnerabilities, they do what they can to protect each other.
Whatever one might think about the relationships, the reality of being in the presence of a young couple drives home a message and a question. I find myself asking about who is covering my back? Who is worried about me? The message is a less than subtle invitation; you and I are called to be there for others. We have a role to play in the lives of the people close to our hearts.
I think about the opportunities in my life and the reasons I have been there and at times not. The reasons I did not do what I knew I could, should have done are endless. Many are valid, legitimate, and compelling. I also remember the people that have been there in my life. Some I gave permission to, others simply volunteered. As I walked through the faces and moments where I could see action in play, I realized that I often miss the one who has been there for me the most often – God. Divinity was and is present.
It is easy to forget how Divinity is able and willing to be involved in our lives. David reminds me that as much as he complained, there were times that he was aware; “the day my enemies turned tail and ran, they stumbled on you and fell on their faces.” (Psalm 9.3)
It is good to know that my back is covered. Hope is a strong motivator to be there for others. There is so much that we can do together.