Do you ever have those moments in life when you know God is speaking to you? That he is communicating something to you and you just need to stop and listen? I have......let me recount one moment to you.
Yesterday morning while visiting with one of my children before school, my child told me about a dream that they had the night before. It was a short and simple dream,
“ ....but, it left me thinking all day yesterday and into today....
“Dad, last night I had a dream that I was on a bus. In the front of the bus was the bus driver. The bus was very long and had two sections. At the head of the second section of the bus was another person with a steering wheel. The bus driver up front was doing a good job, but then the person in the second part of the bus started steering as well, but wasn't able to see. The bus began losing control and was going to crash and then I woke up.”
It was a short and simple dream but it left me thinking all day and into today about my life and many of our lives. God is the Bus driver and He is doing a good job. He has as a good handle on the bus and then……
“ ...If you are like me, I often fail to trust God and I try to take control myself.
I start to decide which turns will be taken and at what speed. I, the driver with the most hindered view, start to make decisions on the best routes, the best destinations....that is, until God pulls a "Drivers Ed Teacher" move and, with strength that only He has, takes back the wheel....
" Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and He will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3: 5-6, NAB
It left me pondering these few questions for myself. I offer them to you to reflect on as well.
Do I trust God to steer the direction of my life?
How do I grow in trust?
What would my life look like if I let go of the steering wheel and let God drive?
I pray the Lord Jesus blesses you with this short reflection like he did me. Here are a few ideas for further action. Write down a few responses to the questions. Take them to prayer, ask the Lord to show you how to trust and to increase your trust, He will! Share the reflection with a spouse, friend or small group and have a conversation about it. Think of one thing you can do every day or week to better trust and put it into place in your life.
P.S. I think it's ok to go up near the front of the bus and be near God and converse with him about travel plans.
Written by: Rick Erisman, Leadership, Life and Marriage Coach with Redivive Coaching
I am fascinated by the power of listening. As coaches, this is one of the main avenues, if not THE main avenue, to the unlocking and drawing forth of that which is deeply inside each client.
A Bible reading I read today mirrored for me what we, as coaches, have the great honor to do as we encounter and deeply draw forth the still waters as we meet with each client:
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah has been led for 40 days and nights, by God, to a cave.
Prior to this long journey, Elijah had been in the midst of a traumatic set of circumstances. His life was threatened and he was fleeing. He left his servant and walked a day's journey straight into the desert.
He found a single tree and sat under it, praying for death. Exhausted, tired and hungry, he fell asleep.
He was awoken by an angel, coaxing him to eat and drink what was provided for him in the desert-a hearth cake and a jug of water.
He ate and drank some and then lay back down, but the angel of the Lord touched him, and, this time, ordered him to eat and drink.
For the angel knew that he had a journey ahead of him and that he needed this provision so that he would have the strength to make the journey.
This is just the dramatic background story!
Don't our lives, just like Elijah's, have an equally dramatic backdrop?
We have each found ourselves, at different points in our lives, hungry for more, exhausted from our travel, possibly discouraged and asleep in the desert. And, inevitably, the Lord nudges us and encourages.....or demands....that we eat the food in front of us that will sustain us for the next stretch of our journey.
Getting back to the story of Elijah.....he has eaten the food, gotten up and followed God for 40 days and nights to a cave.....when he arrives in the cave, God asked him, "Why are you here?"
Elijah starts to explain his whole, lengthy history of dramatic events that led him where he is.
The Lord then instructs him to go outside the cave, on the mountain of the Lord and watch, for He will be passing by.
Elijah sees and hears a heavy wind crushing rocks, but the Lord was not in this. He then witnesses a mighty earthquake, but the Lord was not in this. After the earthquake, a fire, but the Lord was not in this.
After the fire, there was a tiny whispering sound.....When Elijah heard this, he knew that this was the Lord.
....a tiny whispering sound...
This is what we, as coaches, have the privilege to listen for and draw out...those tiny, whispering sounds of the Lord in our clients.
There are heavy winds crushing rocks, mighty earthquakes, fires, but the whispering sound of the Spirit's voice in the lives of our clients is what we are waiting for.
Elijah immediately hears the tiny whispering sound and gains great clarity from the Lord about his next call and next steps. He directly sets out, after hearing and recognizing the tiny whispering sound of God's voice, to encounter Elisha and lay his cloak upon him symbolizing God's commissioning of Elisha.
Where do I stop in this passage? It goes on and on and......
.....God's plan falls like dominoes...
The first domino drops when Elijah recognizes the tiny whispering sound of God's voice...."a gentle breeze" as the Greek reads.
As coaches, we are called to deeply listen, with a sharpened, skilled and refined ear for the gentle breeze.
We may hear the traumatic description of the crushing winds, the earthquake, the fire, and we watch and wait as the gentle breeze comes forth.
The gentle breeze that manifests itself, revealing the path forward for each client.
Written by Britt Erisman
Life Coach with Redivive Coaching