My relationship with the King is based much more on intimacy than on achievement. With the objective being intimacy, the processes are often quite convoluted. The thrill of discovery is worth more to me than speed of execution.
It is fascinating to see how this facet of my design was so clearly identified and nurtured in my childhood.
When I was kid, my sister and I played 20 questions and “Warmer/Colder” relentlessly. The prize was usually trivial while the process of decoding the clues was central. Even now, I enjoy creating treasure hunts and will be having one here at the office in the near term.
Thus the lack of clarity on the part of God regarding the meaning of the lichen picture is not reflective of His unwillingness to communicate, nor of my inability to hear Him. Rather it is part of our relationship where I step out of the male mode of being a son who builds, and step into the female mode as the bride who responds to the emotions of the Groom.
To show what this looks like on Monday morning, consider Cinderella’s story. The prince had one clue — a glass slipper. But with that clue, he was a man on a mission, looking for a foot that would match the slipper.
That is analogous to where I am now. The glass slipper is an intimate synergy between Ruler and Exhorter, with Ruler leading, Exhorter contributing absolutely essential resources with no exploitation on the part of the Ruler.
And it is quite clear that I already have in my hand the Ruler piece. Although I am not Ruler by redemptive gift, God has trained me in Ruler dynamics since childhood, and in the last year, He has had me focused on all the Ruler dynamics we reported in the Fractal of Two: Adrenals and Kidneys.
Far beyond that teaching, which was huge, we spent a lot of corporate time investigating covenants from the perspective of the God of the covenants, instead of the covenants of God. This is essential Ruler stuff based on the Ark of the Covenant.
So my Ruler portion seems to be dialed up and dialed in. I am pondering where the Exhorter part of the glass slipper might be.
And of course, in the whole glass slipper paradigm, am I to be nurturing this symbiosis in another pair of people or institutions, or is it to be very personal to me? No clue.
So I am busy checking feet. Every time I spot a Ruler/Exhorter pairing, I hold up the lichen metric to see if it fits.
I looked at Anaheim (Ruler) and Disneyland (Exhorter). Definitely a symbiotic relationships there and on the surface at least, a fairly healthy one. Ruler on top. Exhorter providing hugely needed strategic resource the Ruler could not produce by itself.
In the past, we have contemplated major spiritual operations in both fields. I pulled out those plans and look them over. Not a particle of a sparkle.
How about Anaheim and Fullerton — two contiguous cities. There is little engagement between the two other than a shared border. I have connections on both sides. I wonder if there is something I am supposed to nurture there. No sparkle.
Anaheim/California? Less than no sparkle.
OK. So let’s change the picture a bit. Is it me and another person?
I scanned Exhorters from yesteryear and drew a blank about any new re-alignment. I looked closely at Exhorters who have come into my picture in the last couple of weeks as well as those I have walked with for a while.
Feels like trying to put the glass slipper on the feet of Cinderella’s older sisters.
Still, I hold that one open, keeping a sharp eye out for new Exhorters who the Bridegroom might casually drift across my path in the coming weeks. No closure there since this project was not date stamped. The lichen picture might be for any time in the next six months.
I looked at business consulting. I essentially pulled out of that field a number of years ago because small business owners generally wanted me to use the power of God to fix their mess so they didn’t have to learn Best Practices 101 and they for sure wanted me to fix their staff and not them.
Not a game I am willing to play.
However, if the Bridegroom leads me to an Exhorter company, I would certainly have to try on the glass slipper. Nothing is on the front burner at this moment.
When the initial search for the owner of the glass slipper did not turn up results, I had to decide whether it is an issue of looking farther at the more unlikely scenarios, or waiting passively, but alertly for something that is yet in the future.
In terms of looking further, I have pondered a redemptive gifts seminar in Southern California that would meet every couple of weeks for a few months to go deeply into the gifts. As far down the road as I am from that teaching, there is still a restless sadness in me because people don’t really get it.
Oh, yes, there are hundreds of thousands of people who know about them, but very few people are living the grandeur that the gifts provide.
Would that be an Exhorter event that would complement the Ruler in me? Doesn’t seem like a good fit but it is not going away altogether.
There seems to be some big shifts in our building. The entire industrial complex has been sold. We obviously know nothing at all about the new owner, but do wonder if he is a gift from God, a change from the old owner who was quite opposed to the things of God.
Is the new guy the Exhorter? Will we indirectly partner with him regarding the land here?
The suite just west of us is coming open for a reduced rent. I have wanted that suite from the time we moved in because there are portals and structures there that affect our land here negatively.
It has some really nasty dynamics to it. No one who has been there in the last seven years has been able to thrive. One after another, they go under. The latest one was a credit union that had been elsewhere on the complex for years and years, but a year after moving up to this location, they were in so much trouble they had to merge to survive.
What if we leased it and cleaned it up without putting anything in there? Would the spiritual impact of that land being sanctified measurably transcend the cost of the empty space? I think so. Not a logical business decision, but sure one that draws me . . .
Then we thought about putting a business incubator in there. Lots of sparkle to that, but where is the Exhorter in that picture?
So far, the glass slipper does not fit anywhere. But this is rather normative in my relationship with the King. I will be diligent in pursuit of the prize. He will watch closely and give clues as appropriate.
We both will enjoy the process immensely.
Meanwhile, no action will be taken, other than relentlessly checking out anything that even remotely looks like an Exhorter dynamic.
Copyright November 2013 by Arthur Burk
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