Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Man on the Elevator





I was in Concord to get my criminal record expunged. I was showing the court that I had dealt with the expired registration. I was not happy to have to drive an hour to do so, but it was otherwise painless and I left without paying a penny. Yay for justice.
Anyway, on the way down the elevator, a nice old man started chatting at me about the weather. One thing led to another, and by the time the elevator hit the bottom floor, I had my pen and paper out and was interviewing him. He had unwittingly solved one of the big mysteries in one of the books I am working on. I cannot tell you what the mystery was...you will have to buy the book, but I have spent months trying to prove what he told me was unequivocally true.

Here is the best part. The night before I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning wondering if the new book I was working on was a mistake. I didn't seem to be able to dot the i's or cross the t's, and it might end up being a boring book. I have been working on this book for a year, and actually started it seven years ago. And it just wasn't going the way I had hoped. I prayed that by some miracle, God would bring me the witness I needed to fit the final piece of the puzzle in place. I had spent several months contacting all kinds of agencies, museums, the Smithsonian, historical societies, and experts, as well as poring over the internet to no avail. I just could not find the corroboration I knew in my heart was out there. And with the man on the elevator...God had brought him to me.

This demonstrates a spiritual truth that I think is very easy to forget. God is always working. Jesus tells us time and time again that He carries our burdens, and that His yoke is light. Come to Him, all ye who are heavy laden, and He will find you rest for your souls.

Now I am not saying God will write our books, or solve all our problems. Most of the time, we are sent to do things, and we should make every effort to go forth and do them. I don't think this is a call to laziness or inactivity. But I do think it reminds us...at least it reminded me.... that God speaks to us continually, and if we take the time to ask Him what He wants us to hear and are always on the alert, He sometimes says exactly what we were hoping He would say. And sometimes He does so in the most unlikely ways through the most unlikely messenger. A little baby born in a manger would attest to that.


Deuteronomy 30:11-14,20 (NIV)
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. [12] It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” [13] Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” [14] No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. [20] and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years








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