Here are a couple more stories from when our group gathered with no other purpose than listening to God:
A beautiful illustration comes from our gathering time in Basel, Switzerland. Our host had procured a bronze model of King Arthur and his knights surrounding the Round Table. The king and his knights had drawn their swords, laying them down and centering them at the middle of the Round Table. It was a picture of laying down their personal agendas and swearing allegiance to the king and to each other. This art piece spoke to us of the absolute necessity that each of us be willing to stand at the table with our king, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters. We also learned that, even though we are ready to slay the dragon, we always need first to lay down our swords and be willing to listen for direction from our king.
Our time in Plano, Texas illustrates the value that each person plays in corporate listening to God. One of us had a picture of a scroll, which was torn in several pieces. Each of us had a piece of that scroll, and as we shared what God had spoken to us personally it formed a whole scroll, a complete word from God. From this experience, we are learning that God speaks to the whole community. Even the times when some of us felt like we had nothing of importance to share or nothing at all, each message was important and formed a beautiful tapestry—one message from God. And we needed each piece of the message. We needed each person to listen and obey. We needed to trust each other and God in each other.