When confronted, what does one do? The option to do nothing is not really an option anymore. There is a clear demand to make a choice. Some walk away, run is a better description. Others engage. As we approach the second launch, I am reminded of another launch in a prior life.
We knew it was coming. The first launch had exposed just how much we did not know. The critical area was out of our control. It rested with our partners. There were both responsible and accountable for the information. Yet, it would be our job to clean it up if they did not get it right. The first phase had revealed how poorly they had prepared. The second phase launch was scheduled in a few days. At this stage, there was nothing to do except wait and hope.
Then it did not go well. As I look back, by the end everyone had fled except one. He stood tall no matter what the circumstances. He made the choice to engage.
I know there were reasons for fleeing. I understand that the pressure was overwhelming. I appreciate that it was hardship duty, exceeding the legal definitions of verbal abuse. I also knew that I needed help. I could not do it alone. It would take more than just one.
I love the strength and hope shown when people engage when challenged in the heart of the battle. Her/his response mirrors Paul’s explanation of his choice when confronted.
“What could I do, King Agrippa? I couldn’t just walk away from a vision like that! I became an obedient believer on the spot.” (Acts 26.19)
This time there are reasons to be reasonably confident. The first phase, though very fragile, was successful. We have acted on our learning and improved the chances that things well go well now. The biggest chance is that nobody faded last time. Each stood and took a stand to be engaged. Each contributed in her/his way. It was a powerful team effort. This community’s actions carry hope to the people they touch.