This week I had a break from the classes I have been teaching lately since we were between school sessions. I have so enjoyed my role as an instructor, and hope to do more and more teaching as the years go on. I love teaching new classes I have never taught before, for they force me to go into areas of study that I would not ordinarily pursue. That causes me to grow.
Yet in a sense I have been preparing for those classes all my life. I have diligently followed an aggressive reading and listening program for decades, went back to school at age 57 to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree, and have attended many seminars and certification classes.
In a sense, I am ready to teach after years of preparation. It makes me think of Elisha, who had traveled with Elijah and served him for many years. When Elijah was taken, Elisha took up the cloak Elijah had left behind and did what he had seen Elijah do:
"Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. 'Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?' he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over" - 2 Kings 2:13-14.
When I teach I feel like I am striking the waters and, much to my ongoing surprise, they part. God is helping me, even when I don't feel like I have prepared like I should or would want to in any given week. A lifetime of preparation comes to the fore, and God does the rest - to God be the glory.
What about you? What are you preparing to do for the Lord that may take a few years or decades to complete? More importantly, when will you be ready to strike the waters like Elisha did and see the same results you watched others produce.
Now it may be your turn to produce and do what you have been talking about and preparing to do. Why not find a good situation to test the waters and see if God will act on your behalf because you have prepared for Him to do so. Don't put it off any longer. If you are not ready (and you may be more ready than you think you are), however, I urge you to get ready. Today I thank God I prepared for this day by His direction and grace, and I am having a wonderful time. God wants you to have the same experience. If I can help, let me know. Have a great week!
PURPOSE SEMINAR: Next Saturday, May 18, I am hosting a free purpose seminar on the North Side of Pittsburgh from noon to 4:30. If you would like to attend, please let me know this week.
KENYA: No updates from Kenya this week, but I know the needs are urgent. I was able to pay both tuition payments for Mary and Deborah last week, but Peter's transportation remains an unmet need, and he is commuting 8 hours every Sunday for a trip that should only take one hour! Please help me help him with his transportation needs. He is worthy of our support. You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.
KENYA BOOKS AND SHOES: I have an ongoing collection going on for educational resources and shoes for men, women and children. If you have any of those resources and would like to donate, let me know and I can arrange a pick up or to have them shipped.