The sun was high, the day’s heat rising with the lit of our voices as a friend and I huddled under the shade of the porch. We openly shared dreams, desires, and failures from our hearts curious to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the next leg of life’s adventure.
And the moment came when a question that desired an answer punctured the air. I debated opening my mouth but the wisdom of the Spirit prevailed settling a peace over my mind that said question’s answer was to be kept hidden in my heart until the right time. A difficult task to endure.
For those born to lead and blaze trails yet wandered, it is hard to be stagnant in a moment of banter and brainstorming- especially with one whom you have a great fondness for. But quiet one must be when God does not desire you to share truths not meant for others ears. Sometimes the Holy Spirit shares with us truths of hard-won battles so we may bring confirmation in the victory- not tell the victor how to fight the battle. In the simplest of terms, its hard to keep your mouth shut when you think you’ve got the answers.
For one of the greatest lessons a leader must learn is to set an example of obedience to the voice of the One who leads us all.
The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest of leaders penning much of the New Testament in letters written from a musty, dirty, heat-drenched cell. He rejoiced with those who rejoiced; mourned with those who mourned. He lead from conviction from life adventures he lived sharing the riches of his wisdom from battles hard-won. He was obedient to the voice of the Spirit and lived long enough to tell about it.
The Spirit did indeed lead me to share the truth stored up inside my mind and heart… at the natural time of its birthing. And that truth was well received by my friend for the Spirit had already been working said truth into the marrow of her bones. And I was able to rejoice in her good news believing the coming battle of which she would fight had indeed already been hard-won.