Tuesday Re-mix –
One of the early parenting skills I learned was how to appreciate the works of art my girls brought me. There were plenty of times I looked at their drawings with no clue at all what they were supposed to portray. I learned to say things like, “Wow, that is beautiful! Tell me about it, please!” That way, I could find out what it was supposed to be before I got myself in trouble. But no matter what, there would never be a time or circumstance where I would ever communicate to them, “I just don’t care.” That, for me, would be the exact opposite of love. Of course I cared! Any loving father would.
I believe this about God as well. I believe that, in every difficult decision we make, in every season of searching for answers, God cares enough to guide us and direct us to specific outcomes. I just cannot get my heart wrapped around a god who says, “I just don’t care…decide for yourself…it doesn’t matter to me.”
One of the privileges God has given our ministry is training Pastor Search teams. Training those teams to use a prayerful process for searching for a shepherd for their congregation is one of my favorite ways to help churches. It gives me an opportunity to draw from and reflect on my own experience serving on the pastor search committee of my home church…easily one of the spiritual highlights of my life. For me it was 18 months of weekly praying and meeting together with eight of the most spiritually mature Christians I have ever known. It was at times emotionally grueling and at times spiritually invigorating. It was an intensive season of discerning the hand of God as a group. In short, it was amazing.…