Friday, July 25, 2014

Lessons From the Edge

Just make the call.

Are you super busy? So much to do, and not enough time to get it all done?
Oh, I can so relate! With the many roles we play and the various people who need us for this, that, and the other thing, being super busy can simply become a way of life. (And may be cause for us to re-evaluate what we're doing, and questioning the necessity of those activities. But that is another post for another day.)
Anyway, I understand being busy. But this week, I saw busy in another light.
And I didn't like it.
I was visiting with one of my favorite ladies at Edgewood, and she told me she'd just had a really bad night. She said she wasn't sure she was going to make it through. As in, she was kind of expecting to die that night. And the thing is, she said, no one would have known about it until noon the next day when someone from the kitchen brought her lunch to her apartment. She was expecting a call from her daughter that morning, but the call never came. So no one would have missed her. Because her daughter didn't call.
This dear woman went on to explain that her daughter is very busy. She's having some work done on her house and is expecting visitors. And she is involved in this and that activity. She is very busy. So it's understandable that she didn't call.
But she was supposed to call.
M was expecting her call.
But the call didn't come.
Her daughter is a very busy person, after all.

And that's what I kept hearing. M had so hoped her daughter would call, but she didn't. Because she's busy. And even though she didn't say it in so many words, I know M was very saddened by the missing phone calls.
As are so many other men and women I know at Edgewood. Sad, because someone is too busy to visit - or at least call.

Reflecting on that conversation was rather convicting for me. I thought of the many times I have considered calling someone to check in on them, or stopping in for a quick visit - even if just to say, "Hi!" But then I have gotten involved in another activity and time got away from me, and I never made that connection. Because I was "too busy".

I'm so sorry!

Are you "with me" in that conviction? Know what? I bet your phone is real close to you right now. Maybe even in your hand? If your heart is feeling convicted, too, if there is someone whose day would be brightened by simply hearing your voice, do us all a favor.

Just make the call.

Karen
Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this post are my own, and may not necessarily reflect those of Vista Springs Living Centers.

2 comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Convicting? Yes! I'm thinking that when we stand before Jesus and He asks why we didn't do a better job of being His hands and feet, 'I was busy' will not be an acceptable answer.

Karen Hossink said...

Leah - Well said, my friend. Well said!