On Saturday night, Ray and I attended a pre-wedding party for the young couple I told you about recently. The event began at 7:00 p.m. in Nashville, which is about an hour and a half from our house. We left home in time to do a couple of errands on the way, but we didn’t have a great deal of margin. One stop was at a Walmart in another town.
Perhaps you know how it is to go to a familiar store in an unfamiliar place. You have an idea of where things might be, but aren’t exactly sure. I was glad to see a Walmart employee sitting near the door. She was in a conversation with another woman who was not an employee. I asked the employee to direct me to the tights. She pointed over her shoulder toward the middle of the huge store, saying that they were “back there.” “Back there?” I asked, feeling a whole lot like I do at the craft store I told you about a few weeks ago.
The lady who was talking to the employee said, “I’ll take you.” I was so surprised. We walked a long way. She went to two or three places before she found what we were looking for, but she stuck with me until we were right where I needed to be.
I was amazed. She didn’t say it with words, but she communicated loudly and clearly: “I’ve got time for you.”
The reason Ray and I went to the mountains last week was that two of our friends invited us to join them on their 35th anniversary trip. Here we are on the first night we were there, enjoying a game of Spades with these dear friends.
“I’ve got time for you.” That’s what these friends say to us over and over again and have been saying for years. That’s what we want to communicate every day, especially to those we love the most.
. . . for He Himself has said,
“I will never desert you,
nor will I ever abandon you,”
so that we confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid.
What will man do to me?”