All my senses came alive, when the waiter set my plate in front of me. My eyes beheld the Rib-Eye steak with just the right amount of fat curled around the edges. I inhaled the smell of char from the sizzling beef. My taste buds drooled for the first taste of a savory morsel. I felt the glide of the steak knife as I cut into the center; then I realized my steak wasn’t med-rare. I frantically waved for the waiter. He came to the table, and I informed him, with irritation, "My steak wasn’t done to my liking.” He apologized profusely and said he would take the steak back to the kitchen to be “re-fired”.
Curiously, I asked the young man, when he set my steak before me for a second time, “What did you mean when you told me you were taking my steak to the kitchen to be ‘re-fired?’”
He patiently replied, “When I tell the Chef that a steak has to be re-fired, it means that the steak wasn’t done to the customer’s satisfaction, and has to be cooked to a higher temperature.”
Then I gave no further thought to his words; I was ready to devour the steak that had my mouth watering.
However, as I drove home, I remembered the words prophesied to me by my pastor, as I prepared for retirement. She declared that I wouldn't be leaving my job to just retire; but I would be leaving to “re-fire.” The words she spoke had new meaning for me after my encounter at the restaurant. The word “re-fire” powerfully became a personal Rhema.
Although I was looking forward to retirement, I had a faint, unnerving sense that my usefulness would diminish. No longer would I have daily opportunities to help others by using the professional skills and spiritual gifts I had passionately acquired and developed for years. As I mentally processed my new Rhema, I knew it was time to “re-fire” the gifts that had been smoldering in my Spirit. It was time to ignite my desires to write what I prayed would become a pivotal blog entitled Truly Said; and otherwise pen my Christian Fiction Novels. In fact, well before my actual retirement, the Holy Spirit moved and inspired me to kindle these works. And it was obvious my new freedom of retirement was the perfect opportunity.
Therefore, with genuine wishes for your personal success and spiritual fulfillment, I pass this Rhema to those of you who may be about to retire. The Holy Spirit doesn’t recognize your age or your plans for a sedentary interlude from your life’s work. He is saying you may be retiring from secular work, but it’s time to re-fire for Kingdom work.
And this is Truly Said ™.
Sword: When Joshua had grown old, having many years, the Lord told him,” You are old and have lived many years, but much of the land still remains to be possessed” Joshua 13:1 ISV.
Application: Think and pray long and hard on the words above. Selah.