What do I think of when I hear the word touchstone? I think of people that I look to for honest reassurance. I look for their wisdom—not in a needy way—but they are a bit of a rudder to strengthen my own rudder. I have been blessed in my life by many touchstones. My husband and son are my constant touchstones.
My parents, brothers (and spouses), in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews have all been touchstones. When we re-connect and see each other—it is a beautiful thing. Oh how I often wish that we didn’t live so far apart….it is a lovely thing to be together.
Then there are the dear, dear friends that are also my touchstones. They are with me and on my side. They have my back in every battle I have ever fought. They are precious, precious, precious to me. How did I get so lucky? Perhaps because of the many trials and tribulations that were to come into my life, God gave me many, many touchstones. This just now popped into my head. If I look at my life as a gorgeous but sometimes treacherous river that I need to swim or walk across….then I can look at each dear touchstone as a safe boulder, dock, buoy or whatever in my river. It turns out they are linked together by this amazing chain—so no matter which of the things in my river I grab onto—the whole system lifts me up, saves me for drowning and helps me cross my gorgeous river.
Indeed, to whom much is given, much is expected. The flip side of that is that since much is expected, God gives me what I will need to see me through the trials, certainly. But He also gives me someone to hug and celebrate with when day or struggle is done. He has sent me to many towns and villages over the years, into and out of many experiences, jobs, etc. Through it all I have always been gifted with touchstones, friends, allies, teammates, however you want to phrase it. Today I can see it. Perhaps because of all the flooding reports the past few weeks I am well aware of things like life preservers, rescue boats, etc. God provides and blesses us. Now He hasn’t gifted me with $ to resolve the debts—yet He has given me people who believe in me, people who share my love for life, people who value what is important….I couldn’t possibly have better touchstones.