JOURNEY TO PASTOR
Saturday/Sunday, April 9/10, 2016
…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
As many of you know, or don’t because I mentioned it in a sermon or two and that’s when you read the Good News, my “journey to pastor” was not how guys normally do it. I was sitting in the Dean of Student’s office at the seminary (the first time I was there) and we both agreed that a break was necessary. I walked out of that office knowing that the right decision had been made, but extremely scared because of the uncertainty of what was going to happen next. That fear was nearly debilitating. I was suffering.
Now my suffering was not the same suffering as what Paul is talking about in those verses at the top, but it did, and still does the same thing. I suffered through failure. But that suffering produced endurance for me. I thank God that He kept me in ministry both at a fantastic camp, Lutheran Valley Retreat in Colorado, and as Youth Director at a church in the Denver area. It took over three years, a patient God, and a tremendous woman to get me back to the seminary.
As I drove away from the seminary campus that first time I hoped I would return. But it took that suffering and that endurance to bring that hope to reality. But my “journey to pastor” pales in comparison to the journey Christ took to give us real hope, a hope that sustains us through the debilitating moments of life.
Hope in Christ does not disappoint!
THE PRAYER: Lord God, thank you for hope, hope that is found only in the resurrection of Jesus. Pour out Your Spirit into my heart and remind me of your presence always, but especially in my moments of uncertainty. Amen.
THE AUTHOR: Rev. Jason Reitz