So, this month has certainly been filled with adventure and challenges. I have come to remember that achieving unity with someone is not always easy. Sometimes our ways of working towards the common goal are so different. This week a collaborator asked me to prayerfully make a commitment to do something. Reading the request left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I wanted to be able to say that what they wanted me to commit to would happen. At the same time, I realized that what they wanted me to commit to involved so many more people and situations then I had control over. I also realized I was feeling this pressure to do something from someone who had always said they would never pressure me to do that. As I repeatedly read the request, I realized the pivotal word in the request was prayerfully.
Prayerfully. That was what reminded me that you had the answer to all that I needed to be in unity with this person. So, thank you for allowing me to speak my truth in love. I know that in your time I will achieve the goal that we would both like to see me achieve, which is also a part of her goal. However, I also know that this is about you and your timing. So, I will continue to commit to being the best me I can be each day and know that you will continue to open doors and remove obstacles and create ways out of no way.
Having that conversation was not easy, but it opened up new understandings and new ways of working together towards intersecting goals. We both came to the realization that our working in unity towards our intersecting goals would happen, but on your timeline not ours. So, thank you.
This experience reminded me of an exercise I used to do with my students called the human knot. The goal was to be able to untie ourselves without dropping hands or giving up. It was not always easy. We had to twist, turn, step over, crawl under and move in ways that were not always comfortable or easy. However, when we persisted we untangled and stood in unity, holding hands. Sometimes doing this took more time than others, however, it was not about the speed, but what we gained from each other by working together. Thanks for reminding me how to untie the knots in my life.