“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now.” John 16:12
As a mother I wanted to share with my children the knowledge I had gained throughout my life–mostly to help them avoid making the same mistakes. As a story teller, I had to bite my tongue and pull back on the reigns to keep from giving them TMI (too much information). Part of the discernment process in sharing a story is to discern what is appropriate for the age and maturity level of the audience. And, to know when to be silent.
When training a new church secretary, I would get overly enthused about telling them everything I knew about the job. I could tell when the new employee got to the TMI stage. Their eyes would glaze over, and they began to glance at the door, as if to escape and never return, and I knew training was over for the day.
The disciples had spent years learning from Jesus who instinctively knew how much they could handle. When telling them about the Holy Spirit (Friend and Spirit of Truth), he warned them ahead of time they would be guided by an invisible Friend who would help them continue their ministry in his absence. It is my hope my children will pass on to their children the values and faith experiences I’ve given them.
Dear Lord, let us learn at our own pace and pass on the Good News about your love and grace. Amen.