Yesterday I attended worship in the morning in my home meeting and then in the afternoon drove up to Woodland, NC for a memorial service for Henry Pulliam. Friends came from all over NC to attend as well as plenty of relatives and community members who came to honor this gentle Friend. The last piece of vocal ministry came from his twin brother Bruce. I don’t know how Bruce’s ministry effected others but its effect on me was sharp. The theme and some of the exact words Bruce used were the same as those spoken by another Friend hours earlier in Greenville. How did Bruce echo the previous message without having heard it himself? He did it by speaking the words he was given to speak.
Once a month I worship in Greenville and then travel down to Beaufort to meet with a small worship group there. Since I’ve been doing this for two years I’ve noticed similar echoes on more than one occasion. Whenever such an echo occurs I’ve learned that this message is being repeated for me. It is something that I personally need to pay particular attention to. By repeating something to me, that no one else will hear as repetition, it is God’s way of saying “Hey, I’m talking to YOU!” Stubborn as I am I’ve learned to pay attention. There’s something in that message for me and if I meditate on the message for a day, a week or sometimes longer, there will be spiritual fruit that results in due course. That these echoes are not mere coincidences is shown by the fruits that they yield.
There’s no point in mentioning the specific echo I heard yesterday because I haven’t lived with it fully enough to take the nourishment from it yet and besides I think the message was for me and not for everyone reading this. What I have to say to those who are reading this is: God has something to say to you. He’s patient and not too proud to repeat himself, bearing in mind that we are a little hard of hearing. Listen for echoes that are meant for you.