My path into full time pastoral ministry often felt like running into a strong wind or swimming upstream.
I sometimes found myself searching my heart to see if my direction was just my idea or God’s plan for me. “Surely,” I thought, “it should be easier than this!” I didn’t understand why I faced so many setbacks and trials.
When I began the path of preparation for ministry, I recall a pastor warning me, “Those whom God uses greatly, He tests greatly.”I had no idea what he meant. I now understand. Yet along the way, I often felt that things should be easier if God was leading me.
I remember many seasons of prayer asking God to send a gracious backwind or to reverse the current of the waters. These are times when I felt a need for green pastures and still waters. I still need them.
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