This week I read the story of the mother of a well-known inspirational writer and teacher. As the story unfolded the writer went on to share about the last years of her mother's life and how her brilliant mind faded...how her memory left her and her ability to articulate ceased. When the family of the aging woman went to visit her, they found her beautiful but silent. She smiled at them as if they were pleasant passing strangers who had stopped by for tea. When they tried to talk to her, she would look at them as if they were speaking a foreign language.
It was difficult for the family to see this woman whom they remembered as dynamic and powerful sitting silently in front of them for hours. One day the daughter asked the nurse who cared for her Mother "Does she EVER talk?"
She replied, "Oh no, she never says a word. But it's the strangest thing. She can't talk, but every so often she sings opera."
Apparently the nurse knew little about the woman's background or how, as a young girl, she had always dreamed of being a professional singer. She longed to be on the stage and had a deep desire to share her talented voice with the world... The caregiver marveled at how she could stand and sing when she couldn't say a word.
Isn't it amazing that those unfulfilled dreams are stamped so indelibly in our minds that even when all else is lost, the memories are not erased?
The night before the old woman died the nurse later told the family she had stood by her chair after dinner and began to sing, offering up a moving performance for all who cared to listen. Gentle applause erupted as the woman bowed and smiled.
The next morning the nurse went in to check on her patient only to find she had passed in the night. Her hands were folded across her chest and she had a smile on her face. She had sung her last song on earth. Sadly, the old woman's talent was never developed. She was like a music box that was never allowed to play, a career that was never begun.
The mother died with the music still inside her.
What are your dreams? Do you have a calling? A talent, gift or ministry you hope to share with the world? If so, what is it? Best you find out while there's still time to give your dreams their wings...
Blessings to you as you unleash the passions bestowed upon you by the Most High...Rebecca