Moving With the Cloud
I’m parked at Rockingham Dragway preparing for the next PDRA event, Dragstock XI and staring at the end of a long season. This is our 2nd PDRA event at Rockingham and our 3rd at this facility this year. As I start my work day, it’s hard not to reflect on the 2014 season and where our company has come in the last 8 months.
We have 2 complete HD units capable of streaming from just about any place in the US. One has remote interview capability and the ability to use 8 switched HD cameras. While we knew we would eventually build a second unit, we had no idea it would happen this year. I can only point to the Lord’s hand in all that has transpired. None of this was planned according to man’s standard business methodology. In all actuality, most companies would have looked at our program and said you need to wait another year or 2 before moving forward.
Being lead by the Holy Spirit can, at times, make you look pretty strange to the world. The Lord will lead you to do some very unconventional things like go fishing to find a coin in a fishes mouth to pay the temple tax. (Read Matthew 17:27) How do you know it’s the Holy Spirit’s leading? He will speak to you in ways that are unique to your personality and gifting’s just like Peter.
Peter was a fisherman, the Lord knew if Peter found a coin in a fishes mouth, that could only be God. For us it’s usually finding the right people, coupled with the right circumstances and topped off with the funding to purchase the equipment. When those 3 things line up, it’s only a matter of faith and obedience to move forward.
All of this is only possible through a daily relationship with our Lord. Make sure you take time each day to spend with Him. It will make all the difference in the world.
Moving With the Cloud
by Os Hillman
“Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out.” Numbers 9:21b
God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and they had to pass through the desert on their way to the Promised Land. God was their guide by means of a cloud that appeared overhead. When it moved, they moved. When it stopped, they stopped – sometimes a day, a week, even a year.
Imagine living with the uncertainty of this situation. One day you work at getting your “house” in order, only to have to pick up the stakes and move. Your ability to plan is totally gone. But even greater is the temptation to move when the cloud did not move because you felt it was time to move. For the Israelites, perhaps the grass was no longer green. Perhaps the water was not easily accessible. Perhaps the bugs were a problem. Whatever the case, they were strictly prohibited from moving if the cloud did not move.
It is still the same today. We are not to move unless the Holy Spirit instructs us to do so. We are not to make that business deal on the basis of whether or not it makes sense, but on the leading of the Holy Spirit’s “cloud” in our life. It is a difficult process to move only when we are directed, and to remain if we are not. The pressure is always upon us to move, to plan, to act. But if we act, we may move into a place where the presence of God may not be. Hence, the rub. The Christian workplace believer must learn to move when God says move; it is a sign of complete surrender and dependence on God’s Spirit to direct our steps.