Camping Out (In the Lobby)

Luke 11:8-9 But I’ll tell you this—though he won’t do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you everything you want—just because of your persistence. And so it is with prayer—keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. (Living Bible)

I've been working with one of my clients for a long time to assist them with their real estate. I've hired consultants, spent hours conducting due diligence, prepared numerous contracts, showed the property many times, and today was supposed to be the culmination of several years of hard work. But it all depended on the bank. They needed to provide the appropriate documentation to the Title Company to close on four simultaneous transactions. Many people were involved.

Although persistent with phone calls and emails, I did not receive an update from the bank. So I did what any persistent person would do. I personally went to the bank in Cherry Creek and camped out. The loan officer was shocked to see me and said he was "working on it."  I asked to meet with the President of the bank, which I did. And then I returned to the lobby and continued to camp out. Shamelessly.

I waited. And waited. After several hours, the bank president brought me one of the documents that I needed and promised she would do what she could to provide the balance of the documents we required. Numerous conversations. Emails. Phone calls. Huddles in the closing room at the Title Company. And more waiting.

At the end of the day, we had a dry closing which means that most papers are signed, but money has not arrived from the lender or been delivered to the seller, and buyer may access the property.

Just like going to my next door neighbor's house in the middle of the night to ask for a slice of bread, if I continue to persist with shameless audacity, a door will open. Maybe I don't get everything I ask for, but I can continue to persist. I rather enjoyed camping out (in a lobby). I had a cause. I knew why I was there.

My relationship with God is the same.  I am here on this earth and will continue to focus on the end goal. 

I just wonder if I'm camping out enough.

Dear Jesus,

Help me to stop, look and listen to you today. Continue to give me shameless audacity so that I can be your servant and keep my eyes on the goal. Thanks for letting me camp out in your lobby, regardless of where that may be. Amen

Carole Schumacher


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