Last week (June 15th to 19th 2015) was quite the rollercoaster ride with the Lord. This series of events all had to do with finances.
It started on Monday June 15th with the “death” of my phone. It could neither receive calls nor make calls. We had just had a session of personal financial coaching, and had spent some time discussing the changes we might have to make for WAY camp 2015.
Considering that this loss of connectivity was happening just three weeks before WAY Camp, it was a problem. There were plans to be made, people to contact and a Board meeting for Wednesday June 17th to discuss – Way Camp, of course!!!
Suffice it to say that Tuesday was a day of dealing with phone issues, and re-calibrating my connectivity. I was putting a Plan B together for the Board due to low registration numbers for this camp. One of the things I have learnt from Mark Miller (Great Leaders Serve) is that leadership means one has to be flexible enough to make necessary changes when they are warranted.
Wednesday morning found me on my knees weeping before the Lord, asking for direction in our decision-making process. By Wednesday afternoon, in preparation for the meeting, I asked our son to check my computer to ensure that the sound was working for the board meeting. The sound on my computer had been acting up for some time. Another computer we ordered had not yet arrived.
When the sound did not work, our son tried to restart the computer. All he got was A BLACK SCREEN!!! After numerous attempts and getting the same results, I gave up in despair. I had not completed my Plan B for that night’s meeting.
Oh… and did I say the left lens of my glasses fell out while attempts were being made to resuscitate the computer? And while attempting to put the lens back in, the screw popped out? Thankfully the latter was easy to retrieve. We do not have such a small screwdriver to fix glasses, but our son was resourceful enough to find a solution using a staple. For a brief moment, I was even more short-sighted, but there was nothing to see on a dark computer screen anyway.
By that time, I was too much of a nervous wreck for a meeting. BUT, I had a working phone! So I quickly contacted the Board members to postpone the meeting to Friday 19th. What I did not realize then, was God’s gracious provision in all this.
On Thursday, I called all of the speakers for WAY Camp, letting them know of the low attendance. Except for a speaker who had to come a great distance, the other speakers, one after the other, echoed each other, not knowing what the others had decided, saying: I believe in your vision. What you are doing is important. I am still willing to come and speak. They did not change their minds even with the limited funds to use for honoraria.
I fell on my knees before our Heavenly Father and confessed my sin of doubting Him. He had intercepted that meeting to give me the time to contact the speakers and hear words of encouragement. I spoke to the parents of the kids registered, and they assured me that they are excited to participate in this great opportunity. One parent offered this perspective: It is sad that with such a fine program the registration numbers are so low. I wonder if some people’s priorities are misplaced, with the result that they miss out on an excellent opportunity to benefit their children.
I thank God for faithful committed speakers and parents, excited attendees, supportive Board members and all the others who stand behind this fledgling work and say to us: What you are doing is important. I was encouraged by the following words in John Rinehart’s recent blog post:
… offload the pressure you feel to God. You do that by speaking, praying, and believing verses like these two:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10)
You can read the full post here: http://www.johnwrinehart.com/fundraising-to-the-glory-of-god/
I shared this on my Facebook wall a few days ago: Just recently, hymns of my childhood have become my internal monologue. One of the verses of the Hymn, ‘On To The Goal’, says: Never mind what the others do, on to the goal keep pressing; They cannot run the race for you, on to the goal keep pressing; Whether they run or turn aside, whether in sin they still abide, fixing thine eyes on Him who died, on to the goal keep pressing.
Sometimes, when we hear the voice of God calling us to serve Him many will doubt and understand neither the vision, nor the passion that drive you. This happened with Joan of Arc. I pray that God would make me the kind of leader like she was, as set forth in this article: http://www.ziglar.com/inspiration/not-man-will-follow-you
As you serve, it is quite an encouragement to hear the words: I believe in your vision. What you are doing is important. At the same time, if you know without the shadow of a doubt that God has called you to do a specific job, you must be willing to follow Him, and like Joan of Arc, not look back to see who’s following… or NOT following.