The month of October is here again and if you are a bi-vocational pastor, a church planter, a pastor’s wife, a missionary or a minister looking for a pastorate you might feel left out because it’s Pastors Appreciation Month.
I just wanted to take a moment and remind you that God knows exactly who you are, what you need, and what you are going through. It does get lonely out there and maybe (like me) at times you feel like there’s: No-one to talk to. No-one to understand. Nowhere to get away. Nowhere to hide. Nowhere to be real. Nowhere to feel? We worry about the future, wonder why it had to be this way, and notice that when it rains it doesn’t just pour – it’s hurricane season.
If you read the story of David, you’ll find that he was often alone, on the run, and trying to make sense of it all. In Psalm 139, David reassures himself that “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.” He learned to wait and trust. Waiting and trusting – would you agree with me that it’s sometimes the hardest thing to do!?
David reminds us that God is there with us. He never leaves us. He is planning the road before us and until then, we can rest in Him. David proclaims, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!” “Your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”
My family and I are waiting. On the weekends, when it burns within in me to preach the Good News of the Gospel, there is nowhere to go. When our rental home forecloses, there is nowhere to go. Until a church recognizes the resume’ and chooses us, there is nowhere to go BUT to the Lord. For many of us, there is no Pastors Appreciation Month.
I was reminded a while back about the 1960’s Life Magazine pictures that captured the hearts of Americans everywhere. President John F Kennedy in the oval office – his children safe and playing free on the floor. He was President of the United States with ultimate powers yet playing at his feet were two little kids who called him daddy. Child-like faith is what I need. Child-like faith is what we all need when we have nowhere to go – when we have no one cheering.
So celebrate. Know that you are loved by Him and you have NOT been forgotten. Play at His feet and leave the big stuff to Daddy!
By the way, thank you! You probably don’t hear it enough BUT you do matter and you are impacting lives even today. Thank you for the countless hours you give and pray and serve and care and minister.