Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Pastor's Perspective - Crisis Avoided
Last night when I got home from Bible study, I greeted Michelle and the children. Having not seen them all day long, I was eager to connect with each of them with a hug. Each reciprocated affectionately but one – our youngest Lily. I asked ‘Chelle’ in hushed tones what was going on with her. Chelle informed me in a very matter of fact way that Lily was moving out and leaving the family. Lily’s reasoning? “To get a better life.” I almost spit out my teeth! Apparently Lily wanted to go to a church friend’s house, but was turned down by her mother. Disillusioned and feeling somewhat powerless in her 7-year-old world, she saw no other alternative but pulling up her tent pegs and venturing out for something…better.
Fortunately this was a crisis avoided. This morning as I left to come to the church it was goodbye hug-time. Lily was quietly sitting on the couch, watching television, sucking her finger. I passionately lifted her up into my arms and as I held her told her how thankful I was that she changed her mind; that the Kiefer family just wouldn’t be the same without her. She just smiled sweetly, never taking her finger out of her mouth.
Today as I was still chuckling about last night, I was reminded of a good life lesson. All of us at times have wanted to walk away. In moments of sadness or perceived injury, we have been tempted to throw in the towel on the whole shootin match. Whether it is a marriage, a career, a friendship or even a church – we’ve all been tempted to cash in our chips and start over somewhere else. The lure of newness and starting over can sometimes be very appealing indeed. However, the Bible encourages us to not be dangerously impulsive, but to something called perseverance. As Christ followers, we are challenged to stick-to-it-ness, and to see those things that are not as if they were. Why? Because that is how our heavenly Father treats and sees us! Praying, believing and trusting the Lord for transformation honors Him and forces us to rely on His spiritual fruit called patience.
Want a new spouse? Pray for the one you have!
Want a new pastor and church? Pray for the ones you have!
Want a new life? Pray for the one God gave you!
The grass is rarely greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes the change we really need is not our circumstances, but in our perspectives and perceptions. Remember, wherever you go, you take you with you!
Like Lily, stick it out. I promise you, the Lord is faithful and the sun will shine again.