I like to say that it is the difficult times that you discover who your true friends are. This includes refining some existing relationships and building new ones. I am always excited to see what God is doing in seasons of transition in my life. Some of my greatest relationships have been built in seasons of testing and difficulty. This is one of those seasons of my life and it has been neat to see what has happened.
I am a strong believer in the proverb from the Bible that says:
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverb 15:22
So, whenever I have to make big decisions, I immediately want people around me speaking into my life. I discern wisdom from their words and I see God speaking in them and through them. This season of my life has been interesting.
There are some people that I would go to in the past, but in this season I have been unable to reach them or they were too busy to return calls. (No big deal though. People are in your life for seasons and when He closes one door, He often opens another). I couldn’t be happier with the doors that He opened this time. New relationships. New wisdom. And new opportunities to learn and grow.
There have been many who have been there for me in this season, but let me just let you know about three that I am so honored to have in my corner:
Part rock star/Part Jedi Master. This guy is a brother in law of a close friend and an answer to prayer. I played Facebook tag with him and then ended up hooking up on the phone for about an hour one Sunday afternoon. We talked and shared and thought out loud… talking about everything from small towns to styles of worship. He was an encourager. He was a friend. The coolest part for me, however, was when we spent some time in prayer over the phone… He in the cold lands of Idaho and I in the hot deserts of Arizona. Worlds apart, but united in prayer in that moment. Thanks Tim!
If you haven’t seen the amazing video of Tim’s daughter, check it out here. It is SO inspiring!
This guy puts the “SOUL” in Soul Man! Our paths converged via Facebook. Some random video that popped up of this guy singing and when he sang… I stopped to listen. There was something deep and real about his words and I just wanted to hear more. I sent him a message on Facebook. He answered. We became friends on FB and the next thing I knew we were on the phone. He spent an hour sharing with me about worship and God and wisdom on how to move forward in the season that I was in. We prayed and listened to the spirit together… He in the humid jungles of South Carolina and I in the hot deserts of Arizona. Worlds apart, but united in prayer in that moment.
If you haven’t heard this guy sing yet, you are missing out. Check out one of many songs by clicking here.
Pastor, Preacher and Investor in Leaders. This story started one night as I was watching Christian TV (which I don’t do too often), and there was a woman sharing with the logo of a church I never heard of called “Kingdom in the Valley Christian Church“. I looked them up and checked out their website. It seemed like they were building leaders and building up men and I needed wisdom on how to do that. So, I sent an email in the “general email box”. I didn’t expect a response because I’ve never heard back from so many churches, but I heard back from Pastor Steele’s assistant and he called me direct to make an appointment. Within a week and a half I was sitting at a table gleaning wisdom from a pastor of thousands who was taking time out of his schedule for a church planter from Wickenburg, Arizona. So grateful, thankful and impressed with this man. He in the busy streets of Phoenix and I in the small, quiet town of Wickenburg. Worlds apart, but united under God in that moment.
Here is my message to you. If you need wisdom… seek it out. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Don’t always lean on those that you used to lean on. Be open to new faces… new voices… new wisdom. You may be surprised at where God brings it from. He may bring someone that you’ve never met into your life to make an incredible impact. I know that is what He has done for me.