There are times when you really need someone to talk to. Someone safe. Someone who wouldn’t judge you. Someone who is really great at listening. It doesn’t matter if you can see the person or if they are very far away. You just need someone.
Recently, one of my son’s friends whom he met through X-box Live had a mini-crisis. He was home alone, scared and anxious as he awaited his parents’ return. So in true brotherhood and a moving show of loyalty, two of his online friends (my son included) arranged a Skype call and waited up with him until his parents came home. Together they bore him up in his time of need. They listened to him, and helped calmed his nerves with jokes and laughter.
I kept my door open, asked to be continually updated on the status of the situation, and then I prayed. I went straight to my Father in heaven and interceded on behalf of this young man and his family. I reminded my son to pray for his friend.
“It’s gonna be a long night”, he said in a somewhat ‘proud-to-be-able-to-help’ manner. I sighed, but the time did not matter, my son’s friend needed support, and even though we were thousands of miles away, together we would keep watch.
Thankfully, it was just around midnight that we got the all clear. Despite an accident that had delayed them for hours, the parents were now home safe and sound. Amen.
Someone to talk to ... a friend to sit with you, talk with you, listen to you, to help you pass the time when you’re going through a difficult time.
Or how about when you have a secret... you want to tell someone but you’re afraid. Afraid you’ll be judged, misunderstood. So you keep it in until you find someone safe. Could be someone you don’t even know well, just an acquaintance... but somehow that person seems safer than your closest friends. Things wouldn’t have to get awkward ... uncomfortable.
My daughter experienced something similar. Wise beyond her years, she is often great at listening and giving advice, nonetheless she was surprised when out of the blue a friend shared a secret with her. It was if her friend just had to talk, she tells me, had to find someone to share her secret with.
I smiled. Sometimes you just got to tell someone.
I think we are wired that way... with an innate desire to connect with others. To voice how we feel and know that someone listens... and cares.
But no matter whom we find on this earth, there’s no one quite like our heavenly Father when we really need to bare our souls.
To read the rest of this post, please click on over to my sister, Marva's site - SunSparkleShine. This past week I had the pleasure of hosting the Sparkle Circle and I would love for you to visit me there.
The #SparkleCircle series is hosted by my sisters, Marva, Andie and me. Through these monthly posts, we hope to inspire friendship and community among women whose aim is to shine for Christ. Because doing life together makes it so much sweeter!
Plus, great news! My sisters and I have formed a new Sparkle Circle friendship forum, through which we hope to make it easier for all of us to keep in touch. I hope you’ll create your login while you’re over at Marva’s site so you can join in the conversation. Marva even has a special free gift waiting for you when you do.