Two weeks ago, I attended the Apprentice Institute held in the booming metropolis of Wichita, Kansas. One of the keynote speakers is a dear friend of mine, Mindy Caliguire. Her presentation was entitled “Hounded by Heaven Living into Personal Transformation”. I got settled into my seat as Mindy began her presentation. She’s a gifted speaker and writer, and I was ready to hear whatever she had to say.
Another friend seated next to me passed me a piece of gum and I cheerfully took it. It was one of those kinds with sparkle power or something, and as I began to chew it some of the sparkle went down my throat the wrong way. I knew this was about to get ugly—and indeed it did. I was sitting directly in front of Mindy on the stage, so I sheepishly climbed over a few folks to get out of the Friends University auditorium—not wanting to further distract from Mindy.
I ended up hacking in the hallway, but once I gained my composure I returned and sat inconspicuously on the floor near the platform. I don’t know what Mindy had said before I returned, but what she did when I sat on the floor was just what I needed.
Mindy took two chairs, placed a table between them and said, “You sit in this seat and you invite God to sit in the other and the matter on the table—is your life! How will you live a life that is transformed into the likeness of Christ if YOU don’t keep your seat [rear-end] in the chair?” It was the perfect illustration.
I have been incredibly antsy these days and I keep allowing anything and everything imaginable to distract me from quality time alone with God. I keep crawling out of my chair. Just like the gum thing. I end up leaving the room when God has something he wants me to see or to hear or when God simply would like me to just be.
I missed everything Mindy had to say but her illustration said all I needed to hear. I was convinced that I must keep my assets in the chair if God and I are to work on the matter that is my life. Anybody got any glue?
How about you? Is God asking you to stay at the table in any area of your life?
What kinds of things help you stay in your seat?
Juanita Campbell Rasmus is an inspirational speaker, motivational teacher, author, and founding board member of the Bread of Life Homeless Project. Juanita and her husband Rudy co-pastor Saint John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.