In the episode, Red Mass, from the political drama, The West Wing, there comes a scene towards the end of the episode where one of the Senators has a conversation with the President.
The Senator relays the following information, as shared from a friend of his:
"He told me the most remarkable thing. He said a new pilot will fly into cloud cover. There'll be no visibility. And they'll check their gauges, they'll look at the artificial horizon, it'll show them level, but they won't trust it. So, they'll make an adjustment and then another and another... He said the number of new pilots who fly out of clouds completely upside-down would knock you out. My office will make arrangements for me to endorse you in the morning. You keep your eyes on the horizon, Mr. President."
Isn't that incredible?
We have accurate, working, reliable gauges in this life, that show us how we are doing and progressing along this flight called life and yet, for whatever reason, we don't trust.
The Word of God.
The testimony of others.
The counsel of Pastors and teachers, well-grounded and experienced advisors.
The genuine concern of beloved friends.
Not to mention, the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit.
Then, we come out of situations total flipped... scratching our head, trying to figure out where on earth (or in heaven for that matter) we flew off course.
It certainly didn't feel like we were that far off at the time we made the adjustment. Yet, course-correction after course-correction without trusting and following the course map and the gauges in front of us; we really shouldn't be surprised. And we are anyway... epically surprised.
New in the faith.
New in a particular phase or age in life.
New in the pastorate.
Even when visibility is dangerously low... the Word of God remains, a light to my feet and a lamp unto my path. If we will but trust the gauges, we'll find ourselves coming out, right-side up.
Pray, this #youthPastorWednesday, for new pastors, regardless of the focus of ministry, that they would keep God and His Word at the forefront of the their lives and ministries. May the be cautious to not act so quickly on intuition and instinct, but that the Holy Spirit would lead, guide and direct their paths. May God's Word be the illumination they need as has been promised to us. Pray they would find and surround themselves with wise counsel and mentors in the pastorate and church leadership who will speak truth to them. May the learn and glean from those who have persevered and kept the faith, as they walk in accordance to the calling and purposes God has placed upon their lives to fulfill; that they would greatly impact the kingdom of God.
For those who know their God, shall do exploits.
May God accomplish the miraculous
As life is lived, one moment; one step at a time.
Walking with the Lord; led by the Holy Spirit.
That God may be glorified in word and deed.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.