Then, turning to the Recabite community, Jeremiah said, “And this is what God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says to you: Because you have done what Jonadab your ancestor told you, obeyed his commands and followed through on his instructions, receive this Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel: There will always be a descendant of Jonadab son of Recab at my service! Always!'” Jeremiah 35:18-19 (MSG)
Over the past ten years, I’ve gone through a workbook called The Artist’s Way three different times. Twice I’ve gone through it with groups and I went through the material once by myself. It’s been over four years since I last went through the book. Toward the end of 2010, I felt a strong prompting deep in my spirit that I was supposed to take up The Artist’s Way once more and do the daily ritual of “morning pages” prescribed.
A few weeks into 2011, I was invited to join with a few other men in a weekly study based on The Artist’s Way for ten weeks. The leader of the group had been prompted to get a small group of men together for the study and felt led to ask me to be a part of it. Coincidence? In our first meeting, I learned that another man in the group had gone through The Artist’s Way a few years ago and had received the same prompting I had to take up his morning pages and strike out on the path once more at the beginning of 2011. Synchronicity.
I was reading today’s chapter and scratching my head to understand what God’s very specific prompting to Jonadab and his descendants was all about. God’s message leave’s no doubt that He works to call people to specific tasks at specific times for eternal purpose. Whether it’s a family who is supposed to abstain from drinking wine and owning land for generations, or a few knuckleheads in a small town in Iowa who are supposed to strike out on The Artist’s Way.
Even before I read this morning’s chapter I was writing in my morning pages that I sense God is doing something. A man I had coffee with said the same thing yesterday. A different man said the same thing at worship team rehearsal last night. God is doing something. There is a shift in the wind. The game’s afoot. I can’t see the middle game or end game, but the pieces are moving on the board.
I’ve come to accept that I won’t always understand the big picture. That’s why this is a faith journey. I’m simply to follow the prompting and take the next step.Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Slayer23