Special Report: “Two Boats and a Helicopter. . .”
Vol: 24 Issue: 29 Monday, September 29, 2003
It is a marvelous thing to take a few moments once in awhile, and just sit back and watch the Lord at work. We do that together all the time when we take a look at the Big Picture, but sometimes, when looking at the Big Picture, its easy to miss the snapshots.
My most recent ‘walkabout’ is one of those snapshots. Working from home is a two-edged sword. While it is convenient to stumble up the stairs to my attic office with a cup of coffee in my hand every morning, it is not unusual for me to stumble down the stairs (still in my pajamas) to discover its time to go to bed. My schedule means that I don’t get out much.
Grabbing my laptop and getting out of town ensures I will get a chance to interact with somebody besides my long-suffering Gayle, who has been my sounding board for so long that when she answers, it sounds like me.
Getting away from my office gives the Lord a chance to teach me things I can’t learn from a windowless room in my attic. It also gives me a chance to watch the Lord at work.
When I went up to visit with my old Marine buddy, Rick, the first thing he did was drive me around to meet several other OL members. He told me the OL was pretty popular in his corner of East Texas — he makes sure of it. Meeting some of you in person was an unexpected blessing — it made me wish I could meet each of you.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Wylie had been asking me questions about the OL, its membership and how it was going. When I told him how many paid subscribers we had, he told me that was unacceptable.
Later that night, Wylie and I went to the store. Wylie asked the clerk if she had ever heard of the Omega Letter. I immediately tried to change the subject and finally fled the store. (I got embarrassed)
When I explained that I wasn’t very good at self-promotion, Wylie said, “That’s ok. That’s why God sent you to me. I’m going to help.” And just like that, Wylie dropped everything else and became our new marketing director.
That’s the way the Lord works. It’s His ministry, and He is assembling the team He wants, for His purposes. The Omega Letter has remained more or less stagnant for two years — we have just about the same number of members as we had when we started, and it is time to expand our reach.
As Wylie reminded me, there isn’t a lot of time left, but there are a lot of people out there that we have yet to reach. The Scripture says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN shall the end come. .” (Matthew 24:14)
I preach this verse a lot, but when it comes to expanding our reach into the ‘whole world’ I hit that stumbling-block.
The Lord said of Himself, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” (John 5:31) That principle is repeated from the perspective of the listener as well. “The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. ” (John 8:13)
I’ve always used the same model — I let the Holy Spirit handle our marketing, praying that He would handle our subscription drive and wondering why He gave me such a loyal core membership, but no expansion.
Wylie reminded me of an old joke about a man trapped on the roof of his house in a flood.
A man came by in a boat, and offered to rescue him. “No, thank you,” said the man. “I’m trusting the Lord to save me.” A while later, another boat came by. The man declined that offer for the same reason. Finally, a helicopter came to pluck him from danger, but he waved it off. At the end, the man drowned. When he stood before the Lord, the man complained, “You let me down. I was counting on You to save me.” The Lord said, “what are you talking about? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”
I have been praying for the Lord to help us expand our reach and grow our Omega Letter family.
Only thing I am not sure of is whether Wylie is the boat or the helicopter. But I am certain of Who sent him. The same One who sent me out on this walkabout.
Because this is His ministry and He handles the personnel department.