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Finally, after reading about you so many times I get this opportunity to send you some lines.
I first met you when I was young. The story about a person not being sure about their calling in life challenged me. It also had a taste of this “making things simple and straight” over it – by testing God. “Please God, give me a sign? Should I do this or that?”
I remember instances testing the wool (getting wet or dry), but I must confess that I never really found the method that easy. I have even tested it quite recently in a situation where some people wanted me to pick up a certain leadership position. I didn’t want it myself, but it put me in a situation of praying a lot and making the wool test in different ways. Honestly I couldn’t really see any clear indications. Perhaps the conviction that I did right in saying no didn’t come until long after. I suppose we live life facing forwards, but we often don’t understand it until we are looking backwards.
That struggle I had about my call brought me back to your story. Not only to the wool test, but I discovered the dialogue between you and the angel:
“Brave man” (Judges 6:11)…
What a humorous, even ironic comment when you seem to be trying to hide out of fear. But perhaps it was a way of making you take courage from someone who could see the bigger picture, beyond the obvious. Someone who knew you were needed as a leader at that time.
This reminds me of many of the stories in the Bible. The most common greeting phrase from God, angels or Jesus Christ seems to be: “Don’t be afraid!” Maybe this is the most needed encouragements to leaders today?
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