When God Works You Over . . .

I am not sure if my theology is correct on this, but here is the story.  A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak in front of 400 people at a donor event at the university where I am doing my teaching, mentoring and coaching.  The event is in May and I had a conflict already on my calendar.  So my answer was NO.

Over the next 5 days, God put this front and center on my mind.  I would think about it during the day and I would think about it when I woke up at night.  On the 5th day of this “working me over”, it became clear that I was supposed to do this.  I was on an elliptical machine working out, and God was putting words in my mind on what I was supposed to say at this event.  Again, I had already said NO to this event and had a prior commitment out of town that was at the same time.  The sense that I needed to change my plans and do this event was so overwhelming that I cut my workout short, drove home and emailed the event coordinator to see if they had found another speaker.  They had not, and the reply was “No, do you have any ideas for us?”  My answer was “I’ll do it”, and I explained the last 5 day process.

Ever since I changed my devotions from “hurry up” with several asks of what I wanted to do, and no listening to what God wanted me to do – and flipped that around – this type of thing seems to happen more frequently.  Trust me, there is no ego involved in doing this presentation.  I don’t like to speak in front of large groups (even though I have done it too many times to count).  It would have been easier to stick with NO, but God had other plans for me, and that is the road I am traveling.

Dean

A Boomer In Transition

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