I heard a wonderful sermon today that spoke to me in a way I can’t even explain…but I’m a writer, so I’ll try.
The point of the sermon was hearing God’s voice – about not only learning the different ways in which God talks to us, but UNDERSTANDING what it is that we are hearing. It was at the end of the sermon that I found the best possible summary to bring the point home.
The pastor said, “Back when telegraphing in Morse Code was the fastest way to communicate, a young man went in for a position as a telegrapher. He walked in to the office, looked around at the other interviewees, stepped past the secretary and walked into the interviewer’s office. Several minutes later the young man came back out of the office escorted by the interviewer. The interviewer told the others waiting in the lobby, ‘Sorry, but the position has been filled.’ Several of the men groaned, but one spoke up. ‘He was the last to enter. The rest of us didn’t even get a CHANCE to interview. That’s not fair!’ The interviewer replied, ‘For as long as you all have been sitting out here, the telegraph has been sending the message: If you can understand this, come right in. None of you understood the message being sent. This young man understood and followed the direction. The job is his.'”
In short, it isn’t enough to hear a message or to even know a message is being given – you have to understand its meaning if you’re to get anything out of it.
I like to do something like this in my workshops with young girls. The girls voluntarily join teams, pick an assignment and get to work. They have to read the directions…except the directions are rarely ever in English. The point of this is to get the girls asking questions and really thinking through their development process. No matter how many times I do this, when I ask the question, “What is the first thing you did when you read the instructions,” the answer is always the same, “Looked for a translator.”
For most of us, we go through life ignoring the big STOP signs in our way. We discount the detours in our life and instead, choose to keep traveling over the broken, unpaved, uneven road that strips our lovely paint job and causes extensive (and costly) damage to the undercarriage that is our Spirits.
On the road of life – there are no manuals, no road tests. No one fails you when you make a major mistake. There are no do overs. You don’t get thirty days to regroup, study harder and come back to the drawing board. The beautiful thing, though, you do have driving instructors available to you at every turn…if you would just look.
There are people who have been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it. These individuals have survived the hardships you currently endure and in some cases hardships you’d better PRAY you never encounter. These Spiritual driving instructors know what those speed bumps, detour signs and red lights are there for. They know when you’ve driven too fast down a residential street into a dead-end relationship or aren’t moving fast enough on the highway of your destiny…they also can usually tell you why.
These same people can help you learn how to steer into the right lane and find a good cruising altitude. They can show you how to tell when you’re due for a moral check or a Spiritual tune-up.
Yes, I’m running the car analogy into the ground but it drives the point home (OK, that was the last one).
Overall, it’s always helpful to have someone wiser than you around to help you decipher those signs – those blindingly bright flashing neon signs that we seem to miss because we’re wearing our sunglasses at night.
I can honestly say, if it were not for those wise elders (and very wise peers, who are my Spiritual superiors) I would not be able to stand strong in the face of adversity; to know that I will come out on the other side of my battles unscathed and unmarred.
Today, take a look around and consider: Are there some people in your life who can guide you from where you are to where you want to be if you’d only ask?
Great luck in everything you aspire to be and do this week. I look forward to sharing more with you! Namaste.