So Pastor quoted author Henry T. Blackaby during yesterday's incredibly snowy morning service. Upon hearing the statement, I thought, I should read more of his stuff. Last night, as I browsed through some quotes and excerpts from his books, I thought, perhaps I should reconsider. There are some incredibly profound statements of faith designed to do nothing less than challenge the reader.
Sometimes, you just have those moments... are you ready for such situations?
Speaking of "being ready", the sudden change in weather over the weekend, had me reflective on my life... what if horrific tragedy struck? During service, Pastor announced friends of mine, facing a horrific tragedy. While the circumstances are different, the end outcome was close enough to similar to essentially be considered the same thing. Unexpected loss.
As Pastor shared the news and we prayed for the family, I caught his hesitation. For a moment, it was as if even he, didn't know how to pray.
So, when he shared this statement by Blackaby, it truly to spoke to me.
"If you feel weak, limited and ordinary, you are the best material with which God can work."
It's hard to fathom what we would do, if our lives sudddenly changed dramatically. Then, to consider how it would affect our friends and other family members and how we would respond, both to the situationa and to what God would accomplish through His sovereignty.
Yet, it's when we try to operate on our own strength, knowledge and ability that we get into trouble. When we get into trouble and yet fail to turn to God for His help, then plan on things getting deep quick.
Nobody likes to acknowledge the frailty of our humanity, yet denying it only increases the likelihood of it being revealed publicly. The struggle is real.
Thanks again, for joining me in prayer, this #seniorPastorMonday. Pray for pastors, struggling in their ministry... for those attempting to do things on their own, may God bring them back into proper position and reliance upon Him; for pride goes before the fall. For those who are feeling weak and limited; unqualified... may God strengthen and quicken them by the power of the Holy Spirit. May they be encouraged, that God is not finished with them; yet has even greater things in store for them as they rely upon Him and call upon Him anew and afresh. Pray a rejuvenation as they seek the face of God and draw close in His presence in spite of the difficulties and challenges they meet. Finally, pray for wisdom... when they have no words, may God speak and bring healing, comfort and revelation through the Holy Spirit.
Soley relying upon God
Trusting His Sovereign Hand
For we are clay in the potter's hands.
May the Master Craftsman do a great work in our midst
For His glory... whether in triumphant victory and tragic loss.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.