Be Teachable!


On this bright and beautiful Saturday morning, I woke up, but it was not at the usual time that I was used to on Saturdays.  The time was a few minutes after 7am and I was still feeling sleepy. I didn’t have anything in particular that demanded my attention, so I remained ‘blank’ seated on my bed with my pillow clung close to my bosom.

Not certain what I wanted to do, I managed to push my body back towards the wall where I rested on my back. I couldn’t also establish the fact if I slept off again and had a dream or if I had been through a real-life experience.

I was woken up at 10 am by the persistent sound of a knock on my bedroom door. I noticed that I didn’t go back to stretch myself on the bed but remained in the same position. However, I realised that I had been put through a two- hour life’s lessons. Recalling the sequence of events as they happened was not a problem, but my worry was why the message was given to me and at that time.

I remembered how I wanted to  be fully awake and got out of bed, but  how also a very sharp, piecing voice spoke, calmly and specifically: “ Get your Bible and read out loud the scripture in Habakkuk 2: 2-3, and when you have read it I will tell you why, if you still do not know ”.  I felt very dumb and couldn’t ask questions in the manner that I should have done.

I held my Bible close to my eyes, though I couldn’t recall how it got to my hands. Reading as loud as I could, Habakkuk 2: 2-3 says: “And the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry”.

Like an infant who looks up to his teacher for approval for a work done, I looked all around the room hoping to see the eyes that would give an approval, but they were not there. My effort to stand up was futile and all I got was another word. “If you can understand the pronouncements, then there are two things that you must do.”  I only looked more confused as the dialogue continued:

Holy Spirit: Open your heart by writing  down  plainly the steps and processes for  the project you are managing  and everyone working with you on the project will come with a floodgate of  workable ideas. It is all you need for the solutions you have ever wanted.

Me: But we have held several brain-storming sessions for solution-finding, but there hadn’t been a possible solution from any of my colleagues.

Holy Spirit: It is my place to let you into what holds the solution, and it is in your own benefit to follow it. I know your fears, but God does not work in that way.  He blesses you not because you are the best, but because He loves you.  Simplify the instructions, write them out and let everyone see. Do that and the solution will be in your hands. Quickly, quickly!, so that the project will be completed before the deadline that was given to you.

Me:  I have expressed better ideas for the progress of the project, so I’m not very sure how much more the others can contribute. Bearing that in mind, I have decided to speak with a senior project manager who may just have what we have been looking for.

Holy Spirit: Deal with this with an open heart like that of a child who is willing to learn. Solutions come not by your wisdom, but by God’s instructions. Take heed!