Turning leaders’ hearts 

by Priya Raj Kumar

“We have decided in principle to work together”… The words leaped at me from the email, heralding a new beginning and hope for the future. We had been working closely with a health care institution and a charitable organization to reach a consensus and work together.

The past few months had been tough. At times it seemed as if there was no way through. The endless series of negotiations, meetings, individual and collective reflections appeared to be going nowhere. It just left hurt egos and on-going frustrations. We gave our best in facilitating the process – we tried to keep the mission and the needs of the beneficiaries at the forefront of people’s minds. But in the end we withdrew and hoped and prayed for the best.

We do not always see how God works. It is not always at the time or in the way that we expect. But just as in this case, God does respond to prayer. We believe that God worked through the underlying political influences, emotions, vested interests and individual struggles of those involved. He ‘turned’ the hearts of the leaders and members of both organizations, pointing to a new direction. As Proverbs 21:1 says: ‘The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.’

This week, let’s look for where God is working in our organisation:

  • How has God ‘turned’ your thoughts or others in unexpected ways?