We’d solved numerous world problems on our talkie-walkies already. That’s what my best friend and I call it when we kill a few birds with one stone by walking for our health, while hashing out whatever issues are pressing on our souls.
Often, our in-depth discussions carry on to phone calls, emails, and texts, as new information and insights become available days and weeks after. And don’t misunderstand, these aren’t gossip sessions we engage in, both of us resolved to avoid that dasterdly deed a few years ago. (Not that we don’t mess up on occasion, but we’ve further determined to fess up when we mess up, confessing our transgression, and putting a stop to the destructive talk immediately.)
But here’s what happened the other day. Through our talkie-walkies, we’d viewed a particular subject from many angles. But it seemed we hadn’t reached a place of closure on the topic. And then, like many times before, my friend texted me a picture she’d taken from a book where a particular piece of information seemed to speak to our questions. This is a regular practice, so I wasn’t surprised at the text. It was the content that blew my mind a bit.
I read the sentence she’d underlined for emphasis. And then it struck me. I re-read it, and then scanned the content around it. Sure enough, it came from my own book. I started laughing. I do not remember writing this particular set of words several months ago, that seemed to speak precisely to the issue we were wrestling with in the present. And yet there it was. There could be only one answer as to how this happened.
God knew what we’d need, when we’d need it, and how to provide for those needs. In an ironic twist, He planted words in my mind, where I transplanted them onto a page. He ultimately dug them up and brought them back to where the whole thing began. With He and I.
Not only was I humored by this process, but I learned a few things along the way.
- God always knows the end from the beginning, and so begins with the end in mind. Isaiah 46:10
- We will often deal with particular issues repeatedly, as if tested, to strengthen us, and protect us from harm. Exodus 20:20
- God listens in when we talk, and often meets our needs even when we don’t pray formally. Malachi 3:16
- When you write something down, it strengthens the message, and allows it to be used in multiple ways. Habbakuk 2:2
- Encouraging messages are energizing, even when God takes one you wrote for someone else, and turns it back on you. Acts 15:31
Until we can go no more, my friend and I will probably solve the world’s problems while we walk. At least in our own minds. But it’s comforting to know we aren’t alone in our concerns, our endeavors, and our compassion. And it’s funny when God reminds us that these great ideas we sometimes believe are our own, originated fully from Him. If we ever lose sight of that, He’ll gladly send a reminder — sometimes through our own insightful and encouraging words meant to help another.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita Brooks is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita’s favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.