Lorna was aghast when she saw the ‘dead’ plant in front of the altar.
We were the first of our prayer group members to arrive that Wednesday, and so she took the opportunity to tell me that Francine, whose volunteer job it was to look after the church flowers, was slacking in her duties.
She also pointed out that the carnations looked wilted too.
And then, Lorna’s habit of Triangular Communication began again ,when she said to me : ‘Sally, can you ask Francine to be more careful with the flowers ?’
Triangular Communication occurs when, instead of two people speaking directly to each other, one of the people enlists a go-between, or a messenger, to speak to the other person on their behalf. Perhaps you have experienced this.
It is a weak communication style, which can often result in confusion.
Since Lorna had asked me in the past, a few times, to be a messenger between her and Francine, I told her kindly, but assertively , that it’s best to avoid triangular communication, and that she should express her concerns to Francine directly.
While she looked perplexed, I went into the back room and returned with a pitcher of room temperature water.
I generously watered the wilted plant that had upset Lorna.
Within half an hour the plant was looking healthy again, and its leaves stretched upwards !
Had a miracle occurred ?
No, but Lorna had not realized that this was a Prayer Plant. This type of plant will droop its leaves when it needs water, thus communicating very clearly when it is thirsty.
A visitor had brought this appropriately-named plant to church.
Soon the other members of our prayer group arrived, and we began our time of praise, petition, and silent prayer.
During silent prayer , I asked the Lord to help us all improve our communication skills, and I asked Him to help us not to gossip.