We took turns in what we affectionately called “the hot seat.” The five of us would gather around our sister, our friend…each laying a hand on some part of her back, her arm, her knee.
We’d speak scripture over her, or lift up a word of encouragement. Most often we’d sit in silence…waiting to see what the Lord would have us to pray. Those were the moments that were the most special…the moments where God seemed to shout from the rooftops,
“I AM, AND I LOVE HER!”
Often we’d enter into our meeting time without distracting pleasantries…we’d simply nod hello, sit down and begin to pray silently, unloading our baggage from the day, the week, the month.
We’d exhale…often very, very loudly…and embrace the presence of the Lord in that place. We’d stay silent until it was time to speak; we always just knew when it was time — when it was time to meet, when it was time to pray, when it was time to speak.
God had it all under control.
And then God would speak. And when God speaks, He creates things. For us, He created hope and joy and peace and grace…tons and tons and tons of grace…and He created life where there were only dry, weary and tired bones in a so-called “hot seat.”
We didn’t limit our group to just us five, but most often it seemed that we were the only ones that consistently met together. It couldn’t have created a more eclectic group of women – different seasons of life, different careers, different strengths, different weaknesses and even all different colored hair.
But all the differences wove together in a beautifully tapestry of what happens when God uses all the parts to create one body.
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. (1 Cor 12:25-26)
It almost was as if we were each a point on a star…shooting into opposite directions, but united at the core. We walked into each other’s houses and our identities, our personas and our facades just dropped at the doorway. We met together as nothing more than women desperate to hear from God Himself.
And that was always more than enough.
It’s been 13 years since we first met. Our lives are in different seasons once again…different careers, different states, different strengths, different weaknesses. Different directions, different successes and different failures. Yet, when it’s time to meet, we just know it — we’re united at the core. And we meet.
We meet and we pray as we always did, dropping it all at the door and simply walking into comfortable and welcoming silence. Praying what the Lord would have us to pray, allowing for moments for God to continue to shout from the rooftops,
“I AM, AND I LOVE HER!”
It’s an Acts-generation sisterhood. It’s small and seemingly insignificant…literally just a handful of us, walking side-by-side the best we know how. But it’s changed my world forever. And for the better.
There was an intense sense of togetherness among all who believed. (Acts 2:44)
It seems that often leadership is identified as one person leading the charge and yes, we do need that in life and ministry and business. But I think when it comes to the body of believers, sometimes we need to sit back and let God do the leading.
Sometimes the greatest example of leadership comes by sitting next to a friend and simply allowing God to guide a prayer. Sometimes the greatest example of leadership comes by shedding titles and position and leading them at the door, humbly sitting in silence and waiting.
Sometimes the greatest example of leadership comes from simply being and not doing – being available, being watchful, being ready to listen when He speaks.
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Monica Steely is a writer, speaker, coffee iv’er and transformation whisperer. She blogs at Elevate Ideas and procrastinates anything related to cooking, cleaning and other domestic activities. She’s also the co-founder of Be Still Be Free…a mindset revolution seeking to encourage women to BE first and DO second. Listen to BE’s podcasts on iTunes or Buzzsprout.
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