Good Evening, God!
I went to a marvelous workshop this weekend. It was on Prophecy. . . on hearing You — believing that You are still speaking. And our presenter, Wayne Drain, actually had us “pray and listen” and then venture forth to offer an encouraging word to our fellow participants. As he said about many churches — they BELIEVE the STUFF . . . they just don’t DO the STUFF.
The STUFF being the signs and wonders that caused the early church to expand so rapidly and so far. I’m supposed to have the spiritual gift of encouragement. And I do love to encourage folks. But, being put in a group of three and then told to pray about what “word” You might want me to give them — that was scary! But the two with me received my brief words happily. Good of them!
What was more fun was picturing a person in the room we had a word for. That was much easier and felt more as if You did indeed have a hand in it. It felt good and it felt like a nudge from You to share more kindness and encouragement.
But, the point that made the biggest impression on me was when Pastor Drain talked about searching for Treasures! His church has teams that pray over clues about the person You might want them to share with. Then they go off on a Treasure Hunt to find that person and say “we think you might be the treasure we are looking for!
Pastor Drain believes that You see us — each one of us — as a Treasure! I just about cried. . . not so much because I feel like a treasure. But, because it hit me that really is how You see us!
Now, if only we could see each other – and yes ourselves — as Treasures. . . .