I am of the view (slightly biased I know) that women have a tendency to talk more than men do. There are times when this is annoying yet on the whole I would suggest that it is actually a good thing. Men often find themselves listening for specific information that they believe they are missing; no need for additional data then there is little reason to seriously listen. For many others and my self as well this works well most of the time; however there are wonderful instances that one misses the essence of life that way.
Take yesterday for example.
One of the interesting experiences while camping in the Redwoods is the fact that one often needs to queue for the opportunity to use a shower where you insert a quarter into a device that is extremely similar to the old coin operated washing machines. Hopefully the quarters will work however one is never sure.
I was anticipating a quick shower followed by the enjoyment of a steaming cup of morning coffee. As I approached I noticed that there were two queues. One had seven men and one woman, the other had two women. I easily found myself sitting besides two older women, quietly contemplating the warm day that was dawning over our shoulders. I somehow expected that this would be like every line I have ever been in that is dominated by men – quiet with an occasional grouse that things are taking far too long. This was not to be.
What followed was a great conversation on the immediate and life. We chatted about the showers, waiting in line, kids, family, and much of the things that one always finds important in life. It was absolutely fantastic! I wish I knew their names, I don’t, however in so many ways it doesn’t matter. The Sage gave us plain directions –
“I’m giving you thirty sterling principles — tested guidelines to live by. Believe me—these are truths that work, and will keep you accountable to those who sent you.” (Proverbs 22.20, 21)
God offers us conversation.