A few months ago, I listened to a lecture from Jedi Master Dallas Willard in which Willard told of an experience when he was a young student at Baylor University. He said he kept asking God to give him places to speak, and the reply he seemed to be getting from God was to “have something to say and then I’ll take care of the rest.”
As things turned out, Willard has had a thing or two to say that have been worth hearing.
I’ve tried to take Willard’s remarks to heart in the last few months. The work that Sheila and I have done in Romans has been more about immersion in the subject, in prayer, and in substantive reflection, rather than fascination over the details of presentation.
We’ve spent months and months talking about the theology and practical applications from Paul’s great work, but it has often been in only the last day or two before we get down to talking about exactly how we’re going to organize our 30-45 minute time slot.
At first, I was uncomfortable doing things this way. But Sheila prefers it. And the longer we’ve done it, the more I’ve seen how waiting on God’s wisdom is more important than rushing things into an outline.
Not that organization and planning are bad things in teaching or preaching, etc. I just think they are better off taking a back seat throughout most of the process.