It was the intensity of his gaze that held me captive, anchored to whatever it was he wanted to say. Leaning forward, hands twined around his mug, he wrestled for words that wouldn't make him sound threatening or crazy.
"I had a dream about you..." was an unexpected? interesting? dangerous? way for a man who isn't your husband to begin a conversation.
My friend has great eyes. They're the soft kind that twinkle. He often says a lot without saying a word, and I'm fairly certain when he was a boy his eyes would give him away when he was up to something he ought not to have been.
Those same eyes measured me while he calculated his words, they begged understanding.
Behind them I could see wheels turning and gears grinding, each word processed two times over before he spoke.
Maybe that's why they were watery.
Which doesn't really explain why mine were, too.
He assured me this was a rare occurrence, initially dismissing it with no intention of telling me. But, then, "out of the blue" I contacted him to help me with something and I suggested we meet for coffee to go over the particulars.
He didn't know whether it was a sign from God, but he decided it was reason enough to tell me.
He faltered over what to say and how to say it but he didn't let that stand in the way of telling.
I'm convinced those remembered dreams are intended to be told out loud.
What? Are you kidding me?? You dream about me and that's it--one word?!
He doesn't know what it means exactly, whether it means to listen to God or to my husband or a friend or who or what or where.
He almost seemed relieved to tell me, to push it from his haunts into mine, resolved to deliver a message given to him but not to keep.
I didn't know my friend was a prophet.
My One Word for 2012 was Adventure.
And, OH-MY-WORD, two thousand twelved delivered that in spades. I've shared a small portion of it here, surprised that I've kept so much of it to myself. I am a blogger, after all, a word exhibitionist.
But, I've been very Ecclesiastical..."there is a time...."
and for whatever reason, I've been quieter in this space ~
"a time to be quiet and a time to speak..."
Sometimes adventures take an unexpected turn.
Funny, the power someone's words can have in another's life.
A Divine word?
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11, ESV)
It's amazing how much more I'm hearing since I started listening with intention, actively listening...to what's said and what is not said.
When you Listen On Purpose, you hear with your eyes, your heart, and sometimes with your spirit.
This year will see my 50th anniversary of birth, the year of Jubilee.
"This fiftieth year is sacred—it is a time of freedom and of celebration..." (Leviticus 25:10a, CEV)
In keeping with that, when I was thinking about my One Word for 2013, I imagined it would be something fun like Celebrate or Dance....
But "Listen" patiently waited for me to accept her.
Sometimes dreams come true.
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Your turn: DO you have One Word to mark your New Year? Please share it in comments and if you're a blogger who's written about it, be sure to link your post! Don't have any idea what I'm talkin' about? There's an entire One Word community that'll explain it better than me! And several Deeper Story writers have shared links to their words and remarkably not one One Word is duplicated.