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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
A friend of mine asked me a question a couple of weeks ago. He has asked me that question before, but it is a good one and beard repeating.
As we were ending our conversation he asked me, "What is the Lord teaching you know that you thought you already knew?"
I have an answer.
In August I was in the middle of a project in another country. I was meeting with people in underground churches. We were going through several topics. The first day the conversation was lively. I did not understand it because it was in a language that I do not speak. I was working through a translator. I would ask a question and the room would erupt with them talking back and forth.
The next day tough, they were not reacting the same way.
My primary gift is exhortation. Feedback is my life blood. The second day, I wasn't getting any. I was working though this in my journal and trying to figure out what was going on. The Lord essentially asked me why I needed the feedback. The clear message was, "Obey me." It is more important for me to do what He had led me to do than get the response that I thought I needed.
For the past few weeks I have been in conversations with a Christian organization that indicated they wanted my help with part of their ministry. It is a part that I have been equipped to deal with for the past 40 years. The process was proceeding rapidly and a few days ago just stopped.
Same reaction. I was working through that in my journal and asking the Lord to bring a resolution to the process. "Why?" He asked. As I thought through that I realized that I wanted them to follow through with engaging me to help them to validate me as useful.
He reminded me that He was all of the validation that I need.
I thought I knew that already. Still learning.