The First Time

Several months ago, I needed to make some telephone calls to some potential clients. I was on the fence about one, so I wanted to pay close attention when they responded to my questions. To my surprise when I called them I found myself getting angry. They had not said anything to me to trigger my anger, so I was puzzled about its origin.

After beating myself up over this for several minutes, I decided that maybe I was having a bad day and I would go ahead and invite the person to come in and meet with me face-to-face. I figured it would be a new day, and I could approach the conversation with fresh ears. Concerned about making a wrong decision I prayed to the Lord for wisdom, and guidance, and to show me if He wanted me to accept or reject this person.

On the day of the meeting I went to the door, and as I reached out to shake her hand, I had to control myself from yanking it back. Something did not feel right! I invited her into my office, but my comfort level continued to decrease. I could feel and see a sense of rebelliousness, tension, and anger in her spirit. The final straw was when I asked her questions she dodged each one and did not answer directly. After asking some questions twice and not receiving an adequate answer, I knew it was time to stop.

After she left I closed my door and began to pray, and thank the Lord for revealing the truth about this person. I was grateful the Lord showed me this was not a good fit, but I was also saddened as I realized that this was what he was telling me in the first place. If I had listened to the Holy Spirit from the beginning, I would not have had to go through this agony.

If only I had listened to Him the first time.

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. John 16:13



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