Last night I read this incident. Pastors were trying to pressurise Kathryn Kuhlman into having counsellor-follow-up at her ministry meetings and when they found they couldn't control her, they began withdrawing support. Buckingham wrote this;
"As a parting shot, Dr Farah wrote Kathryn four pages of caustic advice. She blew up. "I have to do it my way" she blazed at Ralph Wilkerson. "I am the only one who knows the direction of the Holy Spirit in those miracle services".
At first when I read that I was a bit taken aback. But the more I read it and thought about it, the more amazed I was. What a claim! What if we lay aside our cynicism for a minute and believe that. What if she walked in such intimacy with the Holy Spirit and was so fiercly protective of Him being quenched that she could say such a thing? And then of course I applied it to myself - could I even come close to saying that? Any church or conference meetings I go to - could I say I know the direction of the Holy Spirit?
Ern Baxter used to describe it as an eagle hovering in mid-air waiting for a warm updraft of air and then when you catch it, soaring high. I personally am inclined to believe that Kathryn Kuhlman was a pioneer walking in such sensitivity with the Holy Spirit that she did know the direction He wanted to go. She had maybe no theological skills to speak of (according to her biographer) but she knew what the most important Person in that room wanted and wanted to follow Him at all costs. How about us?