If you read the two previous blogs, you will understand the context. I have been waiting on the Lord – as long as it takes for Streamside to be all about Him and not about me and my ego.
I had laid out several things I would use to test the Lord’s will: a radio interview, feedback from two national ministries that might help launch a serious dialog on unity, contacts with public figures who should be interested in the subject, and a meeting with my leaders at RRF whom I trust deeply as the humblest men I have ever known and whom I could count upon to not pull any punches in constructive criticism.
If none of these things ultimately led to the direction God wants to pursue with the cause of unity, I will simply rest, knowing that God is pleased with my work, even if His children are not.
Well, here is the scorecard:
- The radio interview was a disaster
- The two national ministries suddenly changed course after early encouragement and said unity did not fit their plans in the near future
- The response from the public figures who I thought would have a heart for an emphasis on unity – zero response, not even a form email.
Which leaves the response from Pastor Jack McCullough at RRF as truly miraculous – God does move in amazing ways for those who love Him.
Jack had given a wonderful overview of the history of prophecy in the Bible, describing it as “Prophecy with a capital P,” referring to the cessation of the biblical prophets; and “prophecy with a small p,” referring to the daily whispers of the Holy Spirit in modern times to illuminate where His children are not living up to His expectations.
This was a stunning affirmation to me, because throughout my journey with Streamside, I have felt like a Prophet, but of course I am not one. Jack encouraged me, saying, “What I see is a demonstration of the gift of prophecy on your part, specifically as written in your book…both in the sense of confronting the culture as did the prophets in both Testaments and in the sense of ‘But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort’ (I Cor 14:3 NIV).”
Thanks, Jack and to all at RRF who have rescued Sue and me from two terrible experiences with disunity and loved us with the open arms of Jesus!
To all, come back in a few days and see where this has led Streamside going forward.