Following a lifetime journey of transformation
Life can be simple and yet complicated at times. Unexpected events, unplanned assignments, and a massive list of undeserved (good and bad) components are part of life.
And in the midst of my busy life, I sometimes take time to slow down and see where I am and consider what I have become.
And I must ask, WHY?
I am reminded of Moses’ story when he was born. We like to read how he parted the sea, and how he was brave enough to go to Pharaoh and say repeatedly “let my people go!”. But there was a starting point in Moses’ journey.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
You know the rest. He ends up in Pharaoh’s home being nursed by his own mother. What? Why?
And here is where I apply this story in a personal level to my journey.
I hid myself for a long time behind an instrument and when I could hide no more I simply fixed my eyes in my relationship with God and he took me to a place of discomfort where I had to rely on Him alone and not on my gifts and talents.
I didn’t plan to be a Pastor. In fact, like Moses, I just feel as if a river’s current just took me here and I also told God later I could not speak (literally).
I love the local church. I have a passion for the local church. I have served in the local church since I was a kid. And I believe that the local church is the hope of the world.
And here I am, leading a church that has been blessed with wonderful people, wonderful facilities, and most of all with a heart for God and for people.
And I don’t know why. But I sure know what for.
God protected Moses in order to save people. And He still wants to save people. I don’t have what it takes to do what I do, but if God called me, and took me here without me even trying, He must have a plan.
I am in Houston now training other Pastors about church planting… and guess what, I DON’T KNOW WHY.
I am no better than anyone, and I certainly lack experience. But God took me here, and I must do what He says in order to see what He sees.
The fact that I don’t know “why” doesn't mean that I have to doubt or reject the mission I have been given. On the contrary, it is an opportunity to execute faith.
When we do our part trusting God where we are by doing what he says, He takes full responsibility of the outcome of everything that comes our way. And I don’t know about you but I find that relieving. There is no fear, no doubt, no insecurity; He’s got this!
You may not know why you are where you are right now. But if you are in Christ everything about that place where you find yourself right now has a purpose, a divine purpose.
So keep trusting, keep faithing, keep believing, and instead on focusing too much on the “why”, keep your eyes in the “what for” because only God knows why.
I can’t wait to be back home with my family tomorrow night and with my church this weekend.
God has been good!