A few weeks ago, a coworker “soul friend” of mine ended a conversation with me by saying, “Well, I’m going to have to set up time again soon, because I just was not fulfilled enough by this conversation!” We both laughed, but what she said really struck me.
In an honest way, she was telling me that our conversations usually fulfill her -- they fill her up -- they satiate whatever need she has. Inevitably we do talk about faith and God. This particular time, it was a bit empty of that.
Then it happened again with another young woman who told me I was like the older sister she always wanted to connect better to from a faith lens. That really touched my heart, having no sisters of my own.
After these interactions, I started to wonder if the people who consistently want to be around me and talk to me feel similarly, and if I need to keep that in mind in my relationships.
Am I letting God work through me to “fill them up”? Am I open to the Spirit working in that relationship and conversation? Is the “draw” to talk between us there for a reason? Have I opened my door to let this person in, knowing they find something of value in conversation with me?
We look to our meaningful relationships to gift us with conversations to fulfill us -- to “fill us up” -- and we feel a bit empty and like something is missing without those conversations. That’s because the person matters to us. They are meant to be in our life.
God has companioned us to meet mutual needs. May we see that in our relationships with one another, keep our doors open, and not miss opportunities to feed one another with the Spirit.