I remember the cozy office, with it's filled bookshelves, identical armchairs positioned directly in front of a medium-sized oak desk. There was a large window that seemed to perfectly frame the woman furiously writing behind the desk.
Obviously it didn't take me long to realize that woman was Martha Williamson. She was intent on finishing whatever was in front of her, and I was filled with the distinct feeling that I was to wait till she was finished for whatever followed.
It wasn't long before she pulled back from the pages she had been pouring over, adjusting the bifocals on her nose (does she even wear those?), as if deciding whether she needed to keep them, or wanted to remove them. Deciding it was beside the point, she rounded the desk, seemingly on a mission, and proceeded to sit in the armchair next me.
Re-ordering the pages, Martha began to speak.
"Ok, so you can go through these yourself," she began, handing me the small stack of handwritten pages, which I quickly perused, "Or we can go through it together and I can give you more insight as we go along."
Though in the form of a statement, it was clearly up to me how we proceeded.
Now as Scoops, you know it's always my goal to dig in as deeply as humanly possible when it comes to this series. I know that as much as I can put things together, it's never going to be as complete a picture than if I had Martha sitting next to me, revealing every nuance and plot point.
No sooner had, "Then let's do this together," come out of my mouth before I woke up. As I tried to process what had just occurred I realized something very important almost immediately:
This wasn't about me or even Martha. It was about something bigger than that.
The problem is that when we do so, we often miss the opportunity to consult the Ultimate Expert on whatever journey we're about to endeavor on, and, in turn, the additional insight we might gain if we bothered to slow down.
I could have taken the pages from Martha and discovered the entire plot of SSD4 in seconds. But I wouldn't have understood where the film fit in the canon, how it built on everything before, or even how it was setting things up for the future. Only slowing down would allow me to do that.
Just like Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins and ends with Martha Williamson, so our human existence begins and ends with God. If we want any insight about what's going to happen next in our lives, we're going to have to make the choice to seek Him and be prepared to listen, whatever the pages may hold.
Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. " In this particular instance, Martha has every right to conceal things---it's her show and it's her plot. Instead, she was offering to share it with me, regardless of whether or not I wanted her to sit and watch me read it, or have her walk me through it. I think God is the same way. It's totally His show, but He enjoys giving us more insight when we pursue and are open to it, avoiding the temptation to rush.
Matthew 7:7-8 says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." The catch here is that He might not answer in your timing, but on His. You may be tempted to barrel ahead, but if you slow down and ask for it, He will give you insight.
I hope as you move through the early days of 2016 and assess where Martha [God] might be offering you invaluable insight that would have been lost on you otherwise, you slow down and really listen to what He has to say. You might be surprised what it does for your relationship with Him, and even the journey on which you're about to embark!