A while back, I was waiting in a very long line for coffee. Because. You know. I’m more than willing to wait in line for a cup of coffee. Here’s the thing . . . I avoid long lines for any other reason . . . because there’s no other reason to stand in a stranger’s personal space for a long extended time without getting to know the person.
And, listen, it’s not easy to wait your turn for coffee, especially if, you’ve been on a coffee fast. Think hard before you jump into a coffee fast. It can be brutal.
Anyway . . .
There’s always some phone-talkers in a coffee line.
By the way . . . if, you are in a public place and speaking to someone on your phone . . . you’ve just invited the world into your conversation. Because you know . . . most of us around you will end up listening . . . and assume we know what is being said on the other end. Listening to half the conversation leaves a lot of room for interpretation.
So . . .
The guy behind me was a phone-talker . . . a loud one . . . who should have had coffee first. He gave the person on the other end of the conversation a long list of the reasons they would not be getting together ever again. Apparently, there was a lot to say. And, there was no room for misinterpretation. They were done.
I heard the tone and words of hurt and brokenness. I had not been invited into the conversation despite the fact that we were sharing personal space. I did not know who was “right” but I did know his relationship was not in a right place. I did know something had gone wrong and there was a need for healing and some new healthy boundaries.
There are two directions to go with these kind of situations–one leads into the darkness of hopelessness and the other into the light of hope.
I desperately wanted to help guide him to hope. You would have too. I mean isn’t that why we are here–to connect with one another and God?
I had a friend who had just broken off a relationship. So, I thought it would be a good time to call my friend and speak loudly.
Friend . . . I know it’s been hard for you. I know it seems like the end and that it’s consuming every part of your life. The one thing I know for sure is that God always has something new for you and I. ALWAYS. My best advice right now is to take some time to be so still that you know God’s presence every. single. day. I know there’s a lot of feelings and thoughts right now that are beyond difficult, which makes it harder to be still; however, God will help you do this. Make a list of all the hard things and intentionally surrender them each day, asking God to fill the spaces with PEACE–which is healing. It really does make a difference.
I’m pretty sure EVERYONE heard me.
I was glad. BECAUSE words of truth matter. It’s worth speaking up–even in a coffee line. After all, you never know who might be listening–Kerrie
Here’s a reference about being new: Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! (2 corinthians 5:17).