The Prophesying Dinner Guest
Before coming to Olive Tree, I was an event planner. As such, I picked out flowers, spent far too long debating over menus, and had to deal with peoples’ lack of ability to RSVP. But I also acted as hostess, standing in front of large groups of people to welcome them to the event and make announcements. I spoke in front of people around 15 times a week. Occasionally people attending the event would introduce themselves to me and we’d exchange pleasantries, but for the most part I existed outside the event. However, there was one interaction with a guest that left a mark on me.
At a dinner I was hosting, I had just finished making my announcements and returned to my secluded table in the corner when a gentleman approached me. He had a serious expression on his face and proceeded to ask me if I’d ever thought about going into politics. I was 23 at the time, and other than the names of the President and Vice President, I couldn’t have told you a single thing about politics. I mumbled some response like “not really” before he told me that he believed I would be a great political leader someday. I don’t recall if he specifically said he had the gift of prophecy, or something more like foresight or intuition, but his point was clear: he had seen that I would be a great leader. I was speechless, having no idea how to respond to such a statement.
Does Prophecy Exist Today?
I’m not going to attempt to answer that question as many Bible scholars can’t seem to agree one way or the other. Ever since that man approached me, I’ve wondered what I should do with his declaration. Being a prideful individual who loves attention, I was flattered. But does that mean I think God was telling me to go into politics through this man? No. At the same time, I’m not going to write him off completely. I tend to follow these words from 1 Thess. 5:19-22, “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
While I might not believe his statement was a prophecy from God, I do believe that God works through His people and that the Holy Spirit dwells within us. I’ve chosen to examine the man’s prophecy carefully, seeking God’s will through prayer. I’ve never felt the desire to go into politics, nor have I felt God leading me in that way. But if I’m presented with an opportunity to go into politics someday, I will consider it carefully and seek God’s direction first.
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