“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words…a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” ~Craik
The quote above has come to me twice within the last 12 hours. I took time to appreciate it the first time I read it, but when it showed up the second time, it really made me stop and think.
Read it again. Take your time and read it slowly. Take in all the phrasing…all the meaning that’s packed into those 42 words. Did it remind you of anyone you know? I hope so.
There’s something amazing about being able to trust a person with who you really are and what you really think. It’s a gift of the highest order to have that liberty with another person. To know that someone truly sees you and knows your heart enough to see behind the things you say and then be willing to keep those things that are best about you and ‘with the breath of kindness blow the rest away’…wow. Yes. Inexpressible comfort. That really nails it.
It is my prayer that you have someone in your life who does this for you. It’s also my prayer that, if you don’t, you’ll know that you can tell God all about it—whatever “IT” is—and He will do that for you. He will provide that safe place, that inexpressible comfort and that sifting down to what you really mean if you’ll just talk to Him.
I realize that I’m incredibly blessed with the support system I have in friends and family. Not everyone gets that, but everyone does have the opportunity to become that for someone else. Chances are excellent that you can’t become that place of safety for someone else without some of that safety being reciprocated.
Let’s take that challenge together. Let’s become those safe havens for the people around us. Let’s choose to provide what we see the need for in the world around us.
Hmmm. Seems to me that there’s a Bible verse that says something about this…Oh, yes! And it’s so famous that even people who don’t read the Bible very much—or ever—have probably heard of it, too! (grin)
“Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them…” Matthew 7:12 (HCSB)
Grace & Peace!…and inexpressible comfort! May they all be ours today!