To a couple, Uncle Gary was like a second father. Daniel (husband) and Maria (wife) were having a bumpy marriage and stopped talking. They fought constantly and were ready to call it quits. They had both checked out. That year, Uncle Gary passed away.
One night, Maria had a dream, Uncle Gary said, “You two (Daniel and Maria) come outside with me and let me show you what I’ve been working on.”
In his shop, there were parts to something scattered all around. He picked up a few pieces and tried to puzzle them together. He handed a piece to Daniel and then a piece to Maria.
He looked straight at them and said, “If you don’t have the right tool, you can’t fix it. It can’t be fixed without the right tools.” He kept saying this until they assured him that they would find the right tool.
Maria had this dream four nights in a row – exactly the same every night. On the fifth night, Daniel mentioned that he was missing his Uncle Gary. Maria said, “Me, too.” After a few moments of silence, Daniel began to tell her about a dream he had about his Uncle Gary every night, four straight nights. Every detail, every word was the exact dream his wife, Maria had been having. They both broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. Then, they did something they hadn’t in years… they talked all night. They fixed what was broken. The right tool was communication.
My takeaway is this… we are all built on relationships. What tool is needed in your life to fix what has been broken.