“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”- Margaret J. Wheatley, Finding Our Way
“I [Paul] did not immediately consult with anyone, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas . . .”- Galatians 1:16-18 (ESV)
In Chapter 10 (“Stage 3: Isolation”) of The Joseph Calling, Os Hillman talks about how God isolates His leaders to turn their messes into messages. Thus, Mr. Hillman defines the isolation stage as “a time when we become isolated and often experience deep feelings of loneliness and abandonment.”
Consequently, if we’re not careful at this stage, this time is fraught with danger to our psyche. In an effort to cope, we can fall prey to many kinds of sin. However, allowing God to enter that time with us creates a fruitful season.
As a result, the third stage of the Joseph calling often requires a complete break between your old life and the new one. For example, the apostle Paul spent three years in Arabia considering the changes taking place in his heart. Also, Paul developed a profound knowledge of and relationship with Jesus. Paul’s life changed dramatically.
Yet, Os observes what happens when we get a dramatic word from God. It’s tempting to desire immediate fulfillment of that message rather than wait for God to fulfill it in His timing. And, in truth, you never know when God’s going to choose to raise you to a place of influence.
Today’s question: Through reflection, how has the Holy Spirit helped you to avoid creating more unintended consequences that obstruct God from turning your mess into messages? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The training ground for kingdom leaders”