He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yesterday I was able to spend the day at Signature of Buckhead in Atlanta. We had a great day–the beauty of the stakeholders was inspiring because of their hunger for knowledge, and generous love for the simple ability to practice the spiritual in their lives. Different faith traditions make up this great stakeholder population—Christian, Muslim, Jewish steadfast to be who they are, stressed and weary, revived and fruitful. We talked about their creativity and capability within themselves and growth along their career paths. We talked about dashed dreams and how to rebuild them in the annals of the mind where the noise of the world is an easy conqueror of the smallest of hopes. We talked about realizing every ounce of one’s being because God created each one of them for greatness and to do great things.
It was a good day–the feel, the infinite constancy of kindness as smiles of love pervaded the halls. There were some tragic moments of recent loss, countless prayers, and endless hope. A new peace of what was possible came over me as afterward we prayed with residents, their shining love brilliant, like jeweled stars of the sky. THEY were miracles of joy and every hug gave immeasurable faith to what could be.
Later that night, after landing at the Louisville airport, I hopped in a taxi. The driver was professional and efficient and ready to get me to my home. His Muslim faith tradition was beautifully evident in the features of his taxi and the quiet music on the radio. When we arrived, I paid him and thanked him for his efficiency and as I was walking to my front door, I couldn’t find my keys in the darkness. I looked over and the driver hadn’t left yet. He waited. And he waited. I said to him through his open window that I was looking for my keys. He said that he knew.
At last the jingle and keys discovered. I thanked him profusely and he said, I would not leave until you got inside. And at that moment, he was my friend.
The world is complex and it is simple, and it is certainly full of beauty.
Love to all.
Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC