I've been a follower of Jesus for 30 years now. I pray...not nearly enough...but I try.
A concerning situation was facing people close to me yesterday. I can't get into it here. We prayed. Support arose from the woodwork, and a potentially bad situation was averted.
I have seen God act before, but, I confess, my faith grows stale and I forget the realness of God.
Once I was driving home to Oregon to visit family. I was working at World Christian magazine in Pasadena. I got a flat in Redding, CA. I had a "I need help" sign in the trunk. I held it for a minute. A guy stopped, took my tire into town, had it fixed. There was not time to worry. I was taken care of.
God is real.
Another time I was driving home from Spokane. My radiator blew in the gorge. Two truckers stopped. One hiked down to the river for water. They shored my radiator up enough for me to get home. Angels on the highway...I know they are.
God is real.
My thought turns to the calling of a new pastor at my church. The above situation has nothing to do with that. We have been without a permanent lead pastor since June of last year. We finally found a candidate - Pastor Hoyme. Yesterday we got word that the Spirit led him to not take the call.
Some might see it a a blow to the church I suppose. Over a year looking for a new pastor. I see it as a time to reflect on who we are as part of the body of Christ. We have been looking for someone to "lead the flock". We do need a person as pastor who has leadership skills to guide us as a flock, but we need to open our eyes of faith and realize the grace that is upon us.
We have a leader - Jesus. He has graced us with Interim Pastor Craig and Associate Pastor Karl. They have done a wonderful job co-shepherding us. The commitment of Craig to serve us, spending so much time away from his Redmond home...and his motorcycle. The energy of Karl, leading the youth, and, in this past year, filling in so many needs around the church. Have you seen the visitation scheduling board in his office?
Yes, we continue to look for a lead pastor, but let us do so with thoughts of humility. What do we as individuals, and as a corporate body, have to offer a new pastor, a new partner in the ministry?
Look at the prayer drop box we have in front of the church:
We have been praying as a congregation for the the requests that have been put into this box. Broken people with needs. Broken people, just like us, with needs.
For the new pastor we are looking for, let's realize they are broken people too. Let's welcome them to our side to serve and to be served.
Let's continue to pray. Let's continue to look up. Let's continue to serve. Let's expect great things.
God is real!