Relationships are interesting. Especially when there is a deep, emotional bond. When the person is gone, you generally are okay, because you know where they are and that there is a reason for it. When they are around, and you get to spend time with them, the day is great. Then the prospect of them being gone again, or at least returning to a schedule where that will be the case... let the emotions roll.
It can be a moment of sadness. It can be a serious bummer. Depending on the person, it can turn you into an emotional wreck. Perhaps it's overestimating for the adults among us. But consider your younger days or what kids go through... with extended family, grandparents, changes in the schedules of parents. As much as kids don't like major changes in their lives, neither do adults handle significant changes all that well at times... particularly when prompted by the Holy Spirit or it seems God is moving in a particular direction. Such moments can cause us to become unsettled, emotionally-speaking.
Oddly enough, I'm writing this from a situation less than hour old, but recalling a conversation from Sunday afternoon lunch with friends about challenges of knowing the how, when and where of what God is doing and what He is store for one's life. Like a kid not knowing the details of what's going on or where someone is at and how long they will be away, we too, in our walk with Christ can get frustrated and emotionally out-of-whack, as God has a thing about leading and directing one step at a time.
And once again... if it happens for the life of the "everyday" believer, how much more challenging for the lives of pastors and church leaders. It's how God works. We can't change it. But in our human ness, it can be difficult to process and "roll" with how God works. If only the actually process of placing our "trust" in someone was as simple as hearing them make the statement "trust me". But for the power of prayer...
Pray, this #seniorPastorMonday, for pastors and church leaders struggling to continue to place their trust in God, in situations where it is getting increasingly difficult and frustrating not having a clearer picture of how and where God is moving and directing. Pray for a strengthening of their emotions, as well as mental, physical and spiritual stability. May there be a reassurance, that Christ is one who sticks closer than a brother. May they be comforted anew and afresh, that God will never leave them or forsake them. For the challenges and circumstances they face, may the Holy Spirit bring peace and comfort to their heart and mind, standing firm on the promises of God; that He will accomplish the miraculous as they place their trust in Him, perhaps in a greater dimension than ever before.
Confidence in the character of God.
Peace as they place their trust in Him.
For His glory and honor, we pray.
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