The Oasis - July 3, 2019
Author: Rev. Dan Hollis
July 03, 2019
by Pastor Dan Hollis
Have you ever been just the right person that did just the right thing for someone when they needed it most? One of those beautiful moments when everything just happens to line up and you say the thing they needed to hear or do the thing that changes everything? Maybe it’s risking putting a hand on theirs, or making them laugh when that seemed impossible, or just keeping your mouth shut because it turns out all they needed was someone to sit with them in the silence and just be. In my experience those moments are never planned. They come out of nowhere, and you just luck into them.
There are moments of grace in this world. Sometimes they are those moments where someone is just the right person for the job—someone who says something or does something that is exactly what you needed most in that moment, even if you didn’t know what you needed.
The thing about these moments is that like so much in this world it takes two to tango. So often in our lives—probably more often—we find ourselves on the other side. The side of the person in need of a miracle. There are so many moments in our lives when we are in those places of need. Places of loss, or darkness, or suffering, or desperation.
And what we need is a moment of grace. A moment that what we require is right there, finally. And in all the moments of our lives when we are in deepest need we each need something different. We need a miracle, of some kind. And we probably don’t actually know what form that miracle should take. We might think that we know what we need, but we’re not always right, are we?
But like I said… it takes two to tango. Our miracles are out there, with their eyes open, looking for that moment when their compassion is most needed. So we, each of us, are also called to be open to those moments we can’t predict. Those moments when someone needs something. Anything. Whatever we can bring. We trust that when those moments of grace appear in our lives, God will line up the universe so that we can be just the right. So that we can be the miracle in someone else’s life.
So we keep our eyes open.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters.” –Proverbs 25:11-13
Song I Heard Today for the First Time: “Address Unknown,” by The Ink Spots