The evening was building in a fun way. Several different groups were planning to get together after work. There was a warm tropical breeze coming down the river by Boat Quay. I could imagine the orange and blues of the sunset that would echo on the clouds to the east. As I pondered the invitation, I realized it was a good opportunity to build bridges, connect, and learn more about how other parts of the bank were dealing with our growth agenda.
As I joined the group a few minutes late, the conversations were in full swing. The laughter and banter was infectious! The stories were gateways into parts of the company that I did not normally interact with.
As the dusk turn into darkness, the conversations were filled with fun twists and turns. I caught myself wanting to say “thank-you” for the invitation. It was a time of listening and taking from others.
My blackberry chirped, letting me know there was a SMS waiting for me. I casually unlocked the phone and navigated to the screen.
“Will you pray for my flat-mate? She is going in for a —- (I had no idea what it was, but it sounded ominous).”
In our fears, we reach for the assurance of Hope.
Reaching for hope is natural. A sailor’s record reminds me of how important this step is. “Afraid that we were about to run aground, they threw out four anchors and prayed for daylight.” (Acts 27.29) When life overwhelms, reaching out to our God is the final response.
In the moment of hearing the request, my heart focused on More. I centered myself, letting my heart and soul move into God’s embrace. As I released my petition, I realized the magnitude of the gift I had just received. I had been invited into the life of Another. I was part of the Hope in their life. I could share the load, walk along the path for a time.
It was and is a priceless gift.
Each invitation to help is an opportunity for positive change.