It is Good Friday, late in the afternoon. I have pondered the issue of vindication from many angles since there has been no dramatic event in the natural that has shifted the opinion of my detractors.
First, I was amazed at the number of extensive comments proclaiming areas where our teachings have touched lives. You have been extravagant in bearing witness. Most people don’t have that much stuff said about them at their funeral. I am grateful for a resounding agreement that the teachings bring about measurable, verifiable, sustained change.
Second, nothing has changed on the other side.
So I wondered. Certainly vindication comes in the Lord’s time – basic lesson from Mordecai. God might be setting this up now in order to accrue some authority for some action later. No problem with that.
But as I circled around the issue some more, a different angle appeared. There were two dramatic situations this week where my spiritual authority for breakthrough was remarkable – beyond what I would have expected.
There were three situations where problems arose that were bigger than I was able to handle. I played my heart out, with all the tools I know of, and came up short in all three.
I pondered those side by side. What is the truth to be grasped here?
Then God flashed back to the bumper sticker I saw this week: “When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight – the Marines.”
The Marines do not take it as an injustice when they are given a job too tough for someone else to do. They take it as a vindication of their calling to do the tough jobs.
And I think that the message of the victories and the failures this week is that God is still committed to my design as a problem solver, hence he is sending me the tough nuts to crack. That is a different flavor of vindication than I expected. There may be vindication in the eyes of the grumps some day, but now that is secondary.
I am back on task, focusing on my design, which is to fail more than most people ever fail, as I wrap my arms around knotty problems with some trial and error. The Lord reminded me of Thomas Edison. Here are some of his thoughts on failure that I have enjoyed over the years.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.
That said, I am ending the week invigorated. I have several wonderful veins of ore already open, where every hour spent researching brings immediate payoff.
I have old, medium and new problems that are resisting everything I know, so I will lean in and keep walking with the pain and pursue the answers. This is what I was made for.
And on Sunday, I will release a new light prayer focusing on revelation for these hard cases. We will kick it up a notch.
I still think that God intends public vindication sometime, somewhere, but it might not be until long after I am dead. If that is a new idea to you, then watch this video about Roland Allen, one of my heroes. For now, I think we have done what we need to do in the heavenlies in terms of the legal foundation for vindication. I will push away the pain of the moment and focus outward on the pain of those whose riddles I am supposed to solve.
Copyright April 2014 by Arthur Burk
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