It has been an exhausting year! I can hardly believe that we have long passed the middle point of 2017 and are about to enter into the eighth month of the year! It has been three months since Carolyn’s death experience and our upheaval of understanding of how fragile life is and how amazing our God is as he gives us another opportunity for living…God is so good!
Now in the midst of the year I have a desire to withdraw for a season to refresh! Although I have made no certain plans, I do intend to take a couple of weeks off to reset. I am not sure where we will go or even what we will do, but to vacate seems important for me if not imperative. I will not be in the pulpit two Sundays August 6&13 and will return Wednesday August 16. Daniel will fill the pulpit while I am gone.
One of the greatest blessings of my life has been the call of God especially as I get to express His gift of preaching. If it were only preaching I think I could go on forever, but it is the conflict of leading people that is the constant stress and heartache. Paul expressed it very well when the Spirit led him to write about his afflictions while serving the Lord and while remembering those difficult obstacles, he wrote that which every pastor has felt: ‘Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.’ II Corinthians 11:28 -30
I think Daniel in last evening’s study of Mark put it very well…The Lord chooses you…you do not choose Him. None of the Apostles was up to the task which he was called to fulfill, but when God calls He equips those whom He has ordained to be able to accomplish the task he has been called to perform. ‘And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.’ Galatians 6:9&10
I am looking forward to a few days of refreshing and relaxing, hoping to catch my wind. It has been a very difficult year.
Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday or sooner….