Some years ago I encouraged a person that crossed my path to step out on faith and begin working in the area of their talent. At the time that we met, they were involved in an abusive relationship both verbally and sometimes physical. It was clear to me that the Lord was using our meeting as a way to heal not just her, but to stretch me beyond my comfort zone.
Two different personality types were coming together, me with my spirit of “just make it happen,” and her “I’ll get to it.” Sometimes colliding along the way, we made the most of our meeting and became the best of friends.
The music industry is really competitive, but I know if the right person ever hears that voice and that song they will snatch her up right where she stands, because she can truly move the room. When I close my eyes, she reminds me of Helen Baylor one of my favorite gospel artists of all time.
It’s funny how friendships ebb and flow at times and if you are not careful you can find yourself doing all the listening and never any of the talking, and all the doing and hardly any of the receiving, or all the paying and not much of the getting and it goes on from there. And so it went in this situation. As time moved forward, the calls became few and far between. My calls started being met with the voicemail. When we did talk, and mentioned that I had called, she never realized I called, or never saw it on the call log……really?
The whole thought of competition or jealousy is not really something I think about because I just think we ought to celebrate each other. In this case, I hadn’t spoken to her in the longest time. When we did talk the conversation was just a bunch of riddles that didn’t amount to anything. We talked last week and our conversation just really took the cake as the old folks used to say. After some small talk, she kept saying: Friend me on Facebook. Be sure and accept my friend request on Facebook. Get back to me quickly. Don’t forget girl. I agreed and hung up.
When I had the opportunity to get to Facebook, I was taken back because she was announcing an entire conference that she was headlining! I would have considered it good news, but months prior she had mentioned that she thought we should do something like this together, as a matter of fact, I had given her ideas, many of which I was now looking at in this advertisement. Following that conversation months earlier, there was no further word with her seemingly dropping off the face of the Earth without any explanation, now this.