Recently one of my team had an “oops”. It was not so much that s/he dropped something. It was more that three, maybe four of them did not do something everyone expected them to do. I am working to understand exactly when and where the oops occurred, but until then it is interesting to watch the people interactions that are swirling around this.
To my surprise, nobody went hunting for the witch (bad paraphrase of a cliché I know). While I will be briefed on the name and details shortly, so far nobody has asked. It is as if we think the person is beyond our reach or perhaps even untouchable. I do not think s/he is, but who knows? Perhaps it is a corporate mystery that will defy anyone’s understanding.
The walls of protection have clearly folded around the individuals involved. I have heard several explanations already, including “they are on my best team”, “they have never made a mistake before”, and even “they are experts at what they are doing”. While I get understand the meaning of the words, it is interesting to note that protection was and is needed for our best.
As I consider the next, I find myself walking in the shoes of one accused. Even when the situations and responses are beyond my control, I can still feel the hands of accusations and condemnation. As I look at the compassionate response that has unfolded before me, I wonder if my senses are imaging something that is not there. Do I stand without condemnation in any situation?
As much as the walls of protection are frustrating at times, I am happy they exist. Even the strongest, most able and capable need help. In every journey, there are times and things that are only solved through others. Being willing to let others in, Divinity included, is a necessary step if we are to be protected.
Everyone stands accused, God included. I believe God has overcome; “God [is] in his citadel peaks impregnable.” (Psalm 48.3) When I am with God, I am safe.