How did He know? How does He always know. The longing of our hearts. The intricate wish lists written faint with the flesh tone Crayolas of fear, on the sketch pad of our innermost parts.
Encouragement comes like stumbled upon treasure at fragile times of longing.
When the heart is downcast a bit, and circumstances feel dull and bland like gray day dreary, the one who lifts us up, sends special people to the threshold of our lives to do the heavy lifting.
An encourager with a word or a phrase like cool aloe gel on burning skin, soothing the soul. Cooling damaged skin. Healing hurt from the day out under the day sky of life.
Yesterday I sat in a place of need. Those small stinging word nettles penetrated the heart. The ache of the empty sat for awhile.
Need sat pregnant. Waiting. Expectant. Unspoken desire for the call of a friend. For fellowship. Knowing that I too could be the one to ask. But sometimes we want to be extended too. After tender bruising we want to be nursed back to health by sweet restorative Love.
And Grace walked in early and as I press in to my firsts this morning of this new day and week a friend sends a text that spells out my name, including my Maiden, and then I miss your face with an adjective injected about how she sees my face, one any woman would blush over, and then “We need a play date Pronto. xoxo.”
Called by name. Called out to do life together. An invitation to sit across a table and just be. Speaking right into the middle of my hollow need.
We sit spell-bound by a nature-show about a tribe of people who eek out an existence in icey Antarctic region. Everyday a challenge to hunt and gather enough for survival.
We hang on every word, eyes fixed on the screen as a nylon rope is used by a few friends to tether a man to themselves. Then they lower him over the side, with care. A cliff side of rock is his hunting ground for gathering eggs. Nutrient rich eggs to mix up the diet of his people. And the voice adds as he gathers beautiful blue eggs from the hiding places of the rock, that many have died gathering here. But for fifty eggs for his people, he trusts the men at the top and goes down for the needs of his people.
A beautiful picture of trust and going the distance for others.
Sacrifice for others. Encouragement for others. Seeking out the need of others.
In the middle of the messy and the Plan B life, in the midst of the tyranny of the urgent and in gray ordinary days we can jump into the circle of life and grab on and be.
Be the friend. Be the consoler. Be the friendly neighbor. Be the phone call of encouragement.
I hear him. He tells a story that speaks to my heart in his sermon about showing, not telling. Reaches into my insides and carves out places to implant Truth. And I too can show more and tell less.
And I can show story here on these back lit screens that we share. Telling falls flat and showing jumps off. You don’t come here for mediocre and substandard telling. You come for substance and sink your teeth into meat. Your heart doesn’t long for the dull and the gray but for life giving and life proclaiming.
So as I grow up and grow more, I long to show more of my story and His story through words. You bless me and you are patient.
I can show you my gratitude by this. Today I cancelled an appointment with the doctor freeing up time. I carry a notecard today that says wynnegraceappears reader. And today I pray for you. I don’t know your need, but this card represents you and you have my prayers.
We need a play date pronto. We need fellowship and friendship pronto, injected into the middle of the ordinary. Linking hearts and lives and doing life together, not alone. Wired for community, wired for fellowship.
So I can stop in between helping a child who is locked out of her car and helping a child who needs help with a tuxedo rental and helping a child navigate through after college graduation life and jump into community.
Shall we. Shall we circle up and around. Shall we gather at the river and drink up life together, not alone. Encourage each other by actions AND words.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 — By yourself you are unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.
Because I am not going over the side of the cliff alone. I need a strong nylon rope and strong friends. Ones whom I can trust to love hard and hold fast. To white knuckle that rope while I scale down the sides of this messy and crazy wonderful life.
And I will take my notecard with me today and pray for you. Enjoy your play date with your life and your day. Make it fun. Give Grace. Find someone to Encourage. You are needed by someone.
Counting gifts with Ann at A Holy Experience dot com. Boldly thanking the Gift Giver for each one.
* Encouragers after church yesterday, several who spoke kind nuggets into my heart
*Time to talk with man-child about his after college plans and following after a potential offer of career not job with a company that is known for its love of our Lord
*spring cleaning my porch and enjoying time there alone to read and be windswept
*a text of hope from one far off who struggles
*sweet new neighbors who are answered prayer
*two going to prom on Saturday and listening to plans for community and fellowship in their world
*words softly spoken to me over the bread and wine of encouragement at the altar rail so kind so needed