In recent weeks, I seem to be walking with the whispers of wisdom friends. Their words, the experience of being with them in tough times as well as peace, and their insights is unnerving! If I was searching for advice I would feel more comfortable with what is unfolding. Frankly, I am buried in data, information, and questions. I am far more aware of what I do not know than what I do. In this situation, insightful questions are not what I am looking for!
The voices show up at the oddest time. In a tense exchange where I felt I was not being heard, the calm presence of an old friend slipped into my mind. I could sense his presence even before I heard his words. I felt like he was invading my space! Even as I began to react, the calm confidence of his observations and thoughts smothered my emotions. I initially resisted until his parting whisper settled in. Paraphrasing, “So stay awake and keep up your guard. Remember those three years I kept at it with you, never letting up, pouring my heart out with you, one after another.” (Acts 20.31)
I am not going crazy! Every whisper has proven to be a wonderful gift from a friend that I wish I could sit and talk with. It is as if he knew I would face this situation sometime in the future. He wanted to prepare me for it and left me with a gem that I could remember when it was useful.
It is easy to get caught up in a time-shaped memory of what was. I know it is an idealistic memory. Nothing was as simple or easy as I remember. I also know that they could not anticipate where things would lead for either of us. Even so, their words have proven to be gems that I can treasure.
Today unfolds with more questions. It is a new city. I am walking to the unknown. I know I am not going in alone. I travel with members of my family.