Truth Only Reveals Itself When You’re Ready…

The weeks that followed were interesting to say the least. You can only imagine my expression when I asked my Pastor to share with me what he learned and all I got was, “the Lord won’t let me share it with you right now.”  WHAT?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  So instead he’d throw me a nugget and say, “try to wrap your head around this.”  He’d tell me that this is so big that the Lord had given him a date of June 7, 2009 to share this with the whole church family and unfortunately for me that date was a month away. I couldn’t wait and this isn’t the first time I’ve had to put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and find out what the big secret is.  Clue #1.  I knew who he went to hear speak at the conference.  Clue #2.  He had brought back a bunch of materials from that speaker which included a stack of books.  So here we go…Action #1.  Take photographic memory shot of book covers in Pastor’s office.  Action #2.  Go to christian book store while on trip to another state.  Action #3.  Buy all books!  Action #4.  Start reading.  I got to the middle of the first book and I couldn’t stand it!  The over 30 years of being a Bible student, and yet nothing will ever compare to the revelation I was getting from this information.  I was so excited that I called my first born who was on staff and said, “Josh have you read any of these books that Pastor has been reading?”  He answered,  “No, Pastor asked us not to read them until after June 9th.”  I said, “Well he didn’t mention anything to me about not reading them.” About 30 seconds after we hung up my phone rang.  It was Pastor. ( my son, my first born son, had ratted me out.)  Pastor started, “I should have known you would buy all those books.  How far into them are you?”  I  proudly told him, “half way through the first one, is this incredible or what?”  Not enthused, he said,  “I want you to do me a favor… please don’t read any more of the books until after the 7th.”  “Uh… okay why?”… “Because I’ve got a particular lens that I want you to see all this through and I need you to trust me.” “Okay, any idea when we can start them again?”… “June 8th.”  It was hard, but the Lord as my witness, I didn’t crack those books again until June 8th. (Now I did almost memorize the info on the front and back covers.)  I am so glad that I waited because the message on June 7th was 2 hours long and everyone in attendance agreed it only felt like like twenty minutes.  The Lord opened my eyes to a message that is revealed from Genesis to Revelation and I had never seen it before.  When we got in the car, Melanie looked at me with tears in her eyes and said “I’ve waited my whole life to hear that message”.  I agreed and the truth of it has been in front of us all this time….

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