At some point in time you have to know you did all you know how to do and then put faith in God that it will all work out as it should be. Good or bad - lesson learned or celebrated victory.
On the plane I was reading from Guidepost 2014 (my devotional) and it really just settled on and in me. A moment to just say... yes, I get it! Absolutely!!! In a world focused on branding, banners and signs... remarketing your company or a meeting and even branding yourself... how do others see you?
Coming straight from the Old Testament, Moses...
Exodus 17:15 - Moses built an alter and called it The Lord is my banner. -- Or, I love this translation because it seems so familiar and intimate...
Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-nissi (which means "the LORD is my banner"). NLT
Just to say Yahweh-nissi... as if to remember!
Not to plagiarize the Guide Post entry entirely but the entry spoke to what a banner in Moses' time of the Exodus was... A long slender pole with a shiny object which would glimmer in the sun. Rather than the banners we have in modern day.
I suppose, something that could be seen as a beacon of light signaling the way.
Saturday night over looking the great city of Chicago, looking at the lights of the city the beacon that it is... I continued in thought.
Technically it's day three of the program and we're just about exactly in the middle. I like being in the middle. Everyone has arrived and everyone has rooms. We've had our first big room changes and AV moves. We've had 7 complicated break-out transitions... So the tough stuff is over. Yet, we still have a day and a half of wonderfulness left. I have seen some old friends and made a few new ones. It's great!
I am still thinking, though... on the devotional and touching lives. Like touching some aspect of travel for almost 500 people this week...
Oh my gosh... what is my banner? What is my branding? Does my banner
and branding point to the Creator of ALL things? Does it point to The One
that Saves? Do I speak with love and grace like Jesus calls me to? Am I doing all I can to stand and withstand the trials of this life with all that I am called to be?
From where I am sitting now... the sun is rising. I can see it out there, the beacon of light with the hope and promise of a new day. What is my banner?