I was recently in a meeting with someone who I seriously respect. Beforehand, my brain was in a fog – I was so excited and expectant about the meeting that I walked right into the men’s restroom (luckily, no one was in there, so it wasn’t that embarrassing. Except now I just told all of you, so now it’s a little embarrassing). This guy lives his life on a very public platform – so there’s a pretty substantial part of himself that he divulges to the world. But on a personal level, we don’t know each other really at all. Up until this point, we had only interacted through a few phone calls and emails. But because of what I knew about him, I was sure that at least our conversation would be hilarious and interesting.
We ended up chatting for about 2 hours. I was right about the hilarious and interesting part – this guy has the most outrageous stories and tells them in an incredibly engaging way. What was so special, though, is that sprinkled throughout the funny stories and outrageous situations was deep and profound truth. I was sad that I couldn’t whip out my phone and take notes, but that would have probably been a little awkward… and rude.
At one point in the conversation he looked over at me and said, “You strike me as someone who loves extravagantly.” Remember, he doesn’t know me – so he can’t really know that, right? And my natural reaction was to reject that – because obviously I can always be better, I can always love more – and I want to always be growing in that (and also, it feels weird to be like, “yeah, I’m awesome at that!). But he didn’t just say it to say it; it wasn’t just an off the cuff comment. I know that because loving more – loving God and loving people – is something that God and me have been seriously working through. I pray about loving people better all the time. This guy obviously didn’t know all this background I’m letting you in on. But, he allowed God to speak truth through him. And in that moment, I didn’t reject it. And by God’s grace, in that moment, I had the clarity to recognize that his words were actually God’s. He was God’s microphone, speaking truth into my life. It was like God was saying, “Keep going! I see you! Keep letting my love flow through you!” But more than that, it also communicated God’s deep love for me – that he cared enough about me to put this little thought into this stranger’s brain to encourage me.
I’m learning a lot through this. When I think about God speaking through people, my mind immediately connects to Old Testament prophets. That seems a little out of my league. But being connected to God and speaking truth isn’t antiquated, obviously! And there’s so much power in it, endless power really. There’s a lot of chatter that happens in relationships – and there’s a lot of distractions vying for our attention (but that’s for another blog post!). I pray we are people so connected & listening to God that it becomes second nature to allow his truth to flow in love from us. And that it actually flows! That we act – that we say what the Holy Spirit is prompting us to say. That we respond the way the Holy Spirit is prompting us to respond. It’s one thing to just think it; lets take the next step – say it!
I am deeply loved. YOU are deeply loved. How is God using the people in your life as his mouthpiece to communicate His love? And how does He want to use you as a microphone to communicate love and truth into someone else’s life? Don’t just think about it, act on it. Love does.
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