The Magic: It’s the People
I had a meeting scheduled with a woman to talk about her writing. I’d never met her before. I was stressed and having a rough week, and I’d considered postponing the meeting until a time when I could have more brain space. But it just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.
So as I was getting ready for the meeting, I prayed that God would show me how I could be a blessing to this writer. But then I realized I could really use some blessing, too. (Rough week, remember.) So I prayed something I usually don’t: Let her be a blessing to me, too.
When I got to the meeting and sat down and we started talking, I immediately felt a kinship with her. I was fascinated by her story, loved her writing, really heard her heart. We started finding little connections between us—small things, but significant.
She told me she liked the writing in my blogs, which I found amazing—I’d really needed to hear it because the book project I’d been working on had convinced me I’m a terrible writer. Her comment gave my confidence a badly needed boost. I told her I thought the same of her talents, that I was impressed with her writing and would consider it a privilege to work with her.
We talked a long time and when I had to leave, I didn’t want to.
I told her that she’d been a blessing to me, and that I had specifically prayed for that because I’d really needed it. She told me she’d been discussing our upcoming meeting with a friend, and the last thing her friend had said on the phone was, “Be a blessing to her.” (That is, to me.) Wow.
That’s the magic. It’s when I get to meet people like this, writers who bless my life regardless of what business we ever do (or not). It’s when we know we’ve met for reasons beyond us and bigger than us. It’s when we know this is a relationship business, but the business is secondary. The magic of this business is the people, and our God who brings us together.