I wish my friends in Singapore could meet the friends from New York, London, and other parts of the US and world. It would be fun to see which ones connected, where the natural alliances formed, and those you could see from first glance would be friends for life. God has gifted my life with amazing human beings that she calls children. I was reminded that God’s kids can be intense, up close, and sources of trust filled hope.
In an intense conversation with one of them, I realized I was being invited into the role of trusted confidant and advisor. You could feel the conversation shifting. At first, it was a casual “I need to complain” chat. As the intensity increased, I realized that our conversation had moved to being heart to heart. If I accepted the invitation to be part of it, the circle of trust has moved to different place.
I have no idea how long we chatted. In our reclining position, we were both looking up at the ceiling and on into nothingness. Compassion, mercy, and acceptance were present. A sense of intentional resolve was tangible. I realize that my awareness was on sharp alert. Every fiber of my being was focused on the words, emotions between the lines, and story permutations. One of God’s kids needed to be in the Presence. Regardless of my worthiness or readiness, in this moment, this was my calling.
As I reflect on a cool tropical morning, I realize that I am often the one wearing shoes of need. I need to know God is present! I long feel Divinity’s touch. Words are nice, but tangible evidence is better. If I could put words to what I feel in that moment, I would use David’s; “Warm me, your servant, with a smile; save me because you love me.” (Psalm 31.16)
Even as I write, I know I am repeating what I experienced as eyes met eyes. The calling to be engaged seems illusive, fleeting, but it can be found and experienced. We can abdicate or embrace.