A week or so ago, while in a worship time giving my life to God as I was lead by the songs, God spoke something I was not expecting. It was in the context of what I was giving to God – my thoughts, words and presence, my calling. He said, “Gary, you can’t wing it.” I knew exactly what He was referring to. I had been living at a pretty fast pace, from phone call to meeting to e-mail. I was banking on “in the moment” discernment, wisdom and recall based off of my life experiences and learning.
God was saying to me that I can’t do that and have the impact I desire to have in the lives of others. In other words, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Do not be wise in your own eyes.” (Prov. 3:5 & 7) God was addressing my pace-of-life, but more poignantly, He was surfacing what I believed others wanted or needed from me – my understanding, perspective and experience. What we all need more of is God – His words, kindness, presence, revelation, and intervention.
Often we have no idea where a person is at or what they need in a given moment. They may be on the brink of despair or being overwhelmed or quitting on something or someone. Just looking into their eyes, or a hand on their shoulder, or a few words, or simply our being with them could change everything. Think of the things that have changed your life, negatively or positively. Has it not been someone’s words or their silence, or a person’s presences or their absence, or a person’s gaze or their looking away? How can we possibly know what someone needs when they may not really know? Only God knows, so we must ask Him, staying close to Him in every conversation and activity.
The assault is always the same against the glory that we possess and are to offer to others – the accusation that you have nothing of significance to offer, others they don’t want what you have, it won’t go well, you’re on your own.
The truth is that our life, our presence, our effect is weightier than we understand. The only one who underestimates the power of our life, in the spiritual realm, is our self. It’s going to take an unrelenting insistence on intimacy with God and undaunted courage in our offering to others. As the tag line states in the movie trailer for Tears of the Sun, “The lives of many rest in the courage of a few.”
You are courageous and noble hearted.