God sometimes speaks to us through circumstances and experiences. In February 2007 we got a call from a colleague that we had known for years, who was a dental surgeon in Bulawayo. As a matter of fact years earlier, we had encouraged her to go to dental school in Germany. So when she graduated she worked in Harare and later opened a practice in Bulawayo. The husband called us and informed us that they were moving to Australia. He reminded us of a conversation four years earlier in which we had offered to buy their practice in the event they decided to sell. I had forgotten about it. They informed us that they were leaving within a month and so were calling up on our earlier offer. I was not that keen at that moment to buy the business. My wife being the more spiritual in our family suggested that we should go and see it. Anywhere we went down to Bulawayo on a Friday night with two of our staff members. But my mind was made up that we were not going to open a practice in Bulawayo because things were already doing well in Harare. We saw the place and l asked my staff assess the practice and give us feedback. Personally I had not done the required due diligence because my mind was made up that I was not buying. Finally my staff gave their recommendation that we should purchase the practice. While we were talking she mentioned that she had forgotten to mention that Premier Medical Aid had already made an offer which she had not responded to simply because she wanted to give us an option. In fact it means we had no time to analyze the numbers and then make a decision. We basically were expected to make a decision on the spot. The staff were excited and they said go for it. I looked at my wife and her eyes seemed to say you’d be a fool to walk out of this. Sheepishly I stated that we are interested in making an offer. Now how do you make an offer on business that has already been made an offer on and you were not even planning to make an offer and you don’t know where you are getting the money from and you do not have the time to do due diligence or do the numbers? But anywhere, so I made an offer. After some discussions, and negotiations we placed our full and final offer and the Doctor accepted. We later discovered that Premier after a detailed analysis and their expertise at buying businesses, they actually had offered exactly the same amount. So at a thumb suck, being guided by God we did an evaluation which didn’t need an accountant. So we got the business and were told that we need to move in by the 1st of March. We moved mountains and moved in by that date.
A month later, Pastor Tom who had been in the States, returned and when I met him two days after his arrival, he inquired about the new practice. I was surprised that he was already aware of this development. Two weeks later he called me to a meeting in which he then told me that he told me that we were being deployed to Bulawayo to establish Celebration Church Bulawayo. Oh my God. Like Moses before me and many others I started coming up with excuses. I told him that I do not speak Ndebele. To which he responded that he was not sending me to plant a Ndebele church so it did not matter. I countered by stating the obvious, “I am not a Pastor but a teacher”. He refuted my argument by simply asking, “By whose definition?” So every excuse I gave him was not working. And then I said “Give me a week to pray and think about it.” When a married man says I am going to pray and think, they mean they are going to consult. And you men, don’t be too brave and make decisions without consulting your wives. Tell people I am going to pray and consult the minister of finance. Discuss it before you implement what you are thinking. It’s not Rambo to make a decision alone and you come home and say we have just made a decision. Its foolishness. So I went home and I don’t think I even sat, and I said to my wife “You can’t believe what Pastor Tom said to me!” She casually stated that she was aware he had asked us to go establish a church in Bulawayo. And guys, if your Pastor and your wife hear God and you are not hearing. You know that you are in trouble. But I refused to listen to my Pastor and my wife. I said anywhere I am going to pray about it. But the more I prayed about it, trying to pray for the decision, I actually discovered that I was praying more about the mechanics of the move rather than the decision. God was redirecting my prayers. I even gave him some conditions to say Lord if you want me to go to Bulawayo do this and this. He was not moved by my conditions and ultimatums. And the last thing Pastor Tom had said when I was walking out of his office after saying I was going to pray about it he said while you are praying I will proceed with my plan. So my prayer was really a formality. But you see God knew that I only hear him best when I hear him talk the language of business. I am a businessman, so he lured me into the practice, so that I will be available to hear his voice about the spiritual ministry. So God set me up, he guided things. He set things in motion which I was not aware and God’s voice, instead of coming audibly was speaking to me by arranging circumstances around me. One of the ways God speaks to you is by his guiding hand.
The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will not fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.