Years ago, in my early days of leading a small home group, God sent me a prophet.
I didn’t want this!
We were in the middle of a prayer meeting at a member’s home when this man announced he had a word from God – for me. I wasn’t too keen but as ‘good leader’, I lend my ears.
“Just as He changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, so He is changing your name today. You will be a mother to many daughters” (summarized version)
If I was unsure about the vessel before, I was triple sure about the message. I did not want to be anyone’s ‘mother’! Like Sarai, I laughed in doubt. Only worse, I was proud and judgemental.
Sometimes we assume that when God speaks to us, our hearts will always leap in agreement. Not always the case.
What to do when you don’t understand God
So what can we do when God says something we don’t understand, or even like?
1. Don’t kill the prophet
I was too aware of the vessel – a ‘dusty’ prophet with an even dustier word. Sometimes we get caught up with our visible realities, so much that we loose sight of the eternal word. Of course it’s wise (and expected) to clarify new directions or impressions that we believe are from God.
But don’t judge the apparatus that God decides to use.
I have discovered that God loves confounding the wise. He won’t use the beaten path because His goal is not just to deliver a word but to reveal and surface our inner attitudes. He grows us in every possible angle.
I speak from hindsight. God decided that I would mentor many women. It was His responsibility to bring that word to pass. He needed my availability, not ability.
Sarah couldn’t make herself pregnant. I couldn’t make myself a mother (mentor) either.
All God required was a ‘yes’ and He would do the rest.
All things become possible when we look at His word from His perspective. On the other hand when we look at what we can do, everything snaps shut.
3. It’s not bullet train
I forgot His word for years and only recently did I begin to think about it. I marvel at what God can do, when we give Him the chance. He changed my laughing, doubtful heart. He blessed my life with many spiritual daughters. And we’ve not even scratched the surface. We don’t need to ‘help’ God fulfil His word. Again, it’s His word, His timing. He is able to accomplish much when we don’t faint.
Question – How else can we respond when God says something we don’t understand?
Ngina Otiende is a writer, avid reader and dreamer currently rebuilding a consulting business after moving 8,000 miles across the globe. She loves green tea, laughter and helping others take charge of their lives. She is married to her hero and they live in Maryland, USA. You can check out her blog Intentional Today and follow her on twitter .