Driving to a more crucial meetings of my life, I was concerned that I might say the wrong thing, or set others on the defensive. There were key negotiations that needed to take place that would affect my family, and generations to come. Still, I knew my heavenly CEO had given direction. God made it clear to me that the purpose of this meeting was only for planting seeds, not to make decisions or even to try to persuade those on the opposite side of the table. Praying while driving, I heard Him reassure me, “I’ve gone before you, and paved the way.”
The path was so clear, I knew this wasn’t just a business transaction. The relationships came first, as long-term relationships should, but don’t always remain the focus for me. I tend to focus on the task, but this HAD to be different. I would choose a new and uncharted route in my normal decision-making.
Sitting at the conference table, my emotions were vying to take over. No, I reminded myself, the objectives for this meeting are: 1) Plant seeds, 2) Don’t expect decisions, 3) Relationship at all costs.
During this meeting, I consciously tried to maintain a relaxed posture, while hoping my forehead wasn’t breaking out in sweat as we discussed each issue together. I had called the meeting, and needed cooperation, but cooperation wasn’t happening. At one moment, when the others argued against a point I had made, I sat back in my chair and took a breath, remembering, “I’ve gone before you, and paved the way.”
Capturing thoughts that want to run rampant is an impossible task on my own. Hearing once again His reassurance, I reminded myself that the CEO was presiding over all of it. Every bit of authority is His, and I can rest in that fact.
One week after that seemingly impossible meeting, and some sleepless nights and days of wrestling with trust, (reminding myself “He paved the way…”) I received a phone call. Was the other party ready to fully cooperate? No, but they did consent to one of three issues at stake.
Here’s what I noticed during that call – the caller’s peaceful voice. Peace that hadn’t been part of our previous transactions together. Peace that comes from realizing the bigger picture. God had watered those new thought seeds that were planted on the other side of the table, and they now had a larger vision. I gained a larger understanding of how much the hand of God can direct our hearts.