47. In The Trenches

“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts;
 wisdom lies in their simplification.
—  Martin H. Fischer

 

All through school I hated history. For me, memorization was like trying to catch a goldfish with my bare hands – it wasn’t impossible, but it did require determination.

In fifth grade, history was humiliating. Occasionally we had to listen to a radio broadcast over the classroom sound system about a historically significant person. And we had to take notes.

I remember actually looking forward to the one about the U.S. President who very recently had been shot and killed, John F. Kennedy. As the narrator began speaking, I carefully wrote down the date of John Kennedy’s birth and a few interesting things about his family. But then the narrator began to talk about the heroic deeds of a man named “Jack.” I had been instructed to write down facts about John.

At the end of the broadcast, everyone except me had written a full page, front and back. I raised my hand to protest: “We were supposed to write about President Kennedy, but that man only talked about Jack Kennedy!”

“That was about President Kennedy, stupid,” one of my peers kindly responded. “Jack was his nickname.”

Not one of my finer moments.

By the time I was forty, I still had trouble with memorization. I had pretty much stopped making any effort to remember Bible verses. Trying to recall where they can be found in Scripture had become a given – I could rarely do it.

In spite of that, as my fibromyalgia symptoms progressed and my body became weaker, I spent a lot of time in the recliner with my Bible – starting with Genesis and working my way through each successive book. And as I read … I began to get it. All of the stories I’d been told in Sunday school, all the lessons I’d taught to children, teens and adults over the years began to flow into chronological sequences that shed light on individual personalities and choices. I was finding answers to questions that had frustrated me for decades!

Some wise person once said, “With knowledge comes responsibility.” As I read and researched, I began to feel the burden of that commission. Though I didn’t go to college, my spiritual gift is teaching, and in the midst of my misery I needed someone to teach! So I began emailing my extended family to share the amazing bits of information and insight I was gathering. I wanted them to know that I had discovered a “thread” that runs through the Bible from beginning to end.

It’s called “prophecy.” It is proof that Jesus truly is who He claimed to be – the Son of God, born of a virgin who was a direct descendant of King David and Judah, son of Jacob (also known as “Israel”), and Isaac, the promised son of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham’s lineage could be traced back to Seth the third son of Adam and Eve. I was beyond excited, in spite of the pain. And, bless the hearts of my indulging family, they genuinely tried to humor me.

But over time I’ve learned that it’s not a good idea to inundate people with information before they’re ready to receive it. Few in my audience were truly interested in what I wanted so desperately to share with them. But those who have listened and given feedback have provided me with a valuable backboard for the bouncing of ideas. And that was instrumental in the creation of my “Prophecy Connections” blogs, on Facebook and through WordPress. To my amazement, lots of people have contacted me over the years and requested to join in the journey of discovery.

A few of my most faithful subscribers in many countries around the world have been “watching” with me for well over a decade. They are the ones to whom God has given an innate curiosity about why things are the way they are. And one thing we’ve learned together is that “conspiracy theories” are worthy of serious consideration until they can be proven false.

 

“But if the watchman sees the sword coming
and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people
and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them …
I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.”

— The Lord God (Ezekiel 33:6, NIV)

 

A RUST REMOVER …

Are you aware of any current “conspiracy theories” that you have cast aside as “obviously false”? Realize that the Spirit may want you to delve deeper into what you’re hearing.