Kaye and I have been at the Leader’s Conference on Amelia Island, Florida. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with lifelong friends, some we had not seen in many years. As we reminisced, there were many of those “Do-you-remember-the-time” stories. One in particular blessed me richly. I’ll keep the friend’s name anonymous, but I asked him to write down his recollections and this blog is about what he said.
“It was a time of extreme pressure, stress,” he recalled, (and) over the seven years (in his assignment) his energy was exhausted. I was discouraged and simply grew tired of the demands that seemed to come at me from all directions.” He was at the end of himself and left the house late one evening and began a walk that changed his life. It had been snowing for several hours and it was a beautiful night with fresh snow continuing to fall. He walked for blocks and as (he) walked left footprints in the new snow. After an hour or so (he) stopped walking and just stood under a street light on a corner. He said, “I just stood there and it was then I realized I was at the end of myself. It was there under that light at about 1:30 am that God spoke to me in as audible voice as I have ever heard in my spirit. He asked me a simple question…Are you through now?
(He) wasnt sure (he’d) heard correctly and it came again, Are you through now…and in that moment,” he continued, I realized that I could not continue and was through and at the end of myself. On that corner I gave it all to God and there on that snowing night under the street light, there was a peace that settled over my spirit that I had never experienced before and has never left me after all these years.”
I turned and began walking back to the house and as I made fresh footprints in the snow, I realized that I was following the footprints that I had made on the way from the house and my encounter with God on that corner. And I realized that the man who was going back to the house, was a very different man that had left it now a few hours before.” What happened to my friend? He relinquished his all to Christ. And when he did, God began to open doors of service in the Church in incredible ways. The words of an old hymn come to mind: “When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father’s full giving has only begun!” Surrender all to Jesus today.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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