Have you ever wanted to talk with someone you consider special? Perhaps it’s someone famous or historic; maybe it’s just the girl or boy next door. Do you imagine them actually speaking to you? Do you think about them acknowledging that you even exist and what it would be like to hear their actual voice and not the one you imagined?

What would they say? Would they say something unexpected?

Would it have any meaning for your life?

These are some of the questions I was dealing with in the fall of 2013 as a new member of the leadership team at Mosaic church preparing for a leadership retreat. The person I wanted to talk with and hear from was God, and these are the words He spoke to me that morning in October, 2013.

 P  R  A  Y

PREPARE – for what is to come, the joy and the sorrow. Know that I, your God, am there with you. Prepare your mind and heart for my words, the words of your God and King; words you have not heard before. I say this; prepare the way of the Lord and for the Lord. Isaiah 57:14 “And it will be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.’”  Remove every obstruction from your own way!

REACH – Like you have not reached before. Reach as though you expect a miracle. Reach as though there are no obstacles in your way. Reach as a child reaches for its parent, knowing that in your God’s arms there is comfort, compassion, love, joy and strength. Reach, because I, your God, will not let you fall!

ACCEPT – what I have given in humility, knowing that my love, grace and mercy is boundless as are my riches. I give so that others will see me in what you do with that gift. What I give is not yours but mine, that you would use it in a way that pleases and glorifies me. Accept that my time table may be different than yours and that as you move, I may need you to move faster or to wait. Accept that as your Loving Father I know what is best. And though I know you’ll make mistakes, I’ll guide you back to me.

YEARN – To know me the way I know you. Yearn to shout it from the roof tops that I am your God. Yearn to love someone in a way you have never loved that person before. Yearn to know more clearly what my voice sounds like, so that when you are lost and I call, you will come. When you celebrate, know I am celebrating too. And when you cry and have sorrow, know that the crying you heard before you wept was me crying with you.