I have heard, I have said, "Communication is key." But. There are days when it isn't.
Women do not know what that sweet, strong man is saying in his silence; Men do not hear what she is saying because it is lost to them in the 400 words per minute she speaks. The small group over there speaks in their first language while she sits alone with her only language. The gap is widened as he sadly answers, "No. I do not polly-vous fancais."
And then there is body language and voice inflection and diction and tone of voice and listening vs. hearing, and it goes on and on and on...
Last night I finished reading The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. In the final chapter she references Revelation. Here:
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Revelation 7:9, 10
Mrs. Scaeffer's careful, elaborate detail:
Language has divided people... Language differences often bring about suspicion, misunderstanding, and division. But at that future day no longer will tongues divide. There will be a common tongue... a total communication that will include everyone. This will not be the partial understanding which comes with the learning of a new language, but real communication, an expressed oneness as all gather dressed alike in the white robes that are so significant in meaning and also in beauty. No one will be more beautifully dressed than another; there will be no possibility of anyone feeling proud nor embarrassed; there will be a oneness of dress, and then in a oneness of voice, the multitude will say 'loudly'... confidently and with all the assurance in being in the new body like Christ's glorious body, without hindrance of any kind- "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." At that moment there will be complete integration of languages, accomplished not by resolution but by God's changing us... there will be understanding and order...
Everyone now will have the same thing in their hands. All who are there will be there for the same reason, not because they were 'good' on earth but because they have been forgiven and cleansed by the death of Christ, the Lamb, in their place...
in this future day, all who have been born into the family of God will be one kindred. There will be no separation there, but a perfect integration into one family. (pp. 195-198)
Ahhh. What a wonderful, glorious place to linger in anticipation.
He is our Shepherd, our Glorious Treasure, our coming King. He is Lord of lords. He will bridge every gap, every canyon. Him alone. He is.