Genesis of 'The Benevolent Merger.'
The sands speak to the seas and ask, “Why have you not come? What keeps you from arriving? I have long awaited your justification.”
For me, it all started in San Francisco, on a cable car. Well, not exactly San Francisco, but in Alameda, just across the San Francisco Bay where seven major currents flow under the Golden Gate bridge.
And it wasn’t really on a cable car, although I had ridden them. In truth, it was aboard a ship docked at Naval Air Station Alameda, where they once kept the ‘nooclear wessels’ (apologies to Walter Koenig). But it wasn’t on one of those either. It was in fact aboard an older, conventional aircraft carrier.
I was stationed aboard her, nearing the end of my Naval enlistment. For three years that ship had been home, in both calm seas and rough ones. She had even endured typhoons that could rock and ruin the biggest of ships. Yet at that time I also was enduring some personal storms and searching for answers.
But one day I found a book aboard that ship (it had its own library), a short book that told the story of a modern, well-to-do California family. There had been an upsurge in those years, a strong current of Divine Presence washing over those seeking change, and this family had been swept up in its outflow.
They saw their lives change radically, as in the Days of Pentecost. In the conclusion of that book, the family found themselves as carriers of a new message, waiting for clearance to enter Communist China to deliver a revelatory Word to an ancient people group.
I was amazed by their story, and when I finished reading that book, I thought I saw a way. Their experience was one that I had heard about my whole life, in church through ancient readings. I was intrigued to have uncovered its present-day equivalent. Secretly, I had longed for its expression in my own life.
It would take a few more years before the reality of that story made its presence known more fully for me, but in those first few moments aboard that ship, sheltered in a famous bay, reading that book set the foundations for what I now call ‘The Benevolent Merger.’
And the sea replied, “I am coming according to the Promise.”
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