Reclining in my usual leather love seat locale one morning at coffee with the guys, my friend John hangs up his iPhone to ask a rhetorical question:
“Well, why did they ask me my opinion anyway? Seems they were just hoping I would bless their decision.”
John is a 50-something self-employed mechanic. He has been doing this work in this town for over 30 years. He’s good at his job, and work comes looking for him now rather than the other way around.
Apparently, these customers of his had bought a new car and were very excited about it. They called their mechanic up to tell him the good news, but they broke it in a way that would give them his honest opinion…they asked him what he thought of the make and model before telling him they had already bought one. His opinion was very low. Their mood followed suit. They then tried to argue with him about his view.
As a pastor, I get asked a ton of questions that fall well outside of my wheelhouse, and my normal response is:
“Find a professional in that field that you trust, ask their opinion…then follow it.”
The order is important!
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35, NIV)
This seems to not simply be a stand-alone occurrence, but rather the pattern the LORD followed. He would pray, then follow the advice He had received. This seems to be how he chose His disciples as well as His locale (which is what He did in this instance after His prayer time).
No one is more professional, more trustworthy or more willing to “lead, guide and direct.”
Get His advice early in the morning…then follow it. But whatever you do, don’t argue with Him after you find out He disagrees with what you have already done. Just be glad He’s pretty good at fixing broken things and making them new.