To my fellow [discouraged] minister, church planter, pioneer!
Our family enjoys going on forest hikes. Often, we pack hot dogs [with all the fixins] in our backpacks and grill them on our hike. Many times we miscalculate lunch time and are starving by the end of our hike. We gather the firewood that the national forest so graciously provides, find a fire pit, start the fire and… throw the dogs on too early… The flames scorch the dogs, the skin blackens and as we rescue the hot dogs from the fire, the inside is still cool.
I have a feeling that us who are in pioneering roles are afraid to wait for the flames die out and for the coals to appear… Ok, so I am not really talking about hot dogs as much of the need to patiently wait for the right timing. We might be tempted to jump ahead, to rush things, but the results are the best [tasting] and long lasting [nutritious] when we take it slow and enjoy the process.
Maybe you are feeling discouraged because your church planting journey or other pioneering effort seems to be slow, and you don’t seem to see results. Trust that HE who called you, has you, and all you can do is to wait for the right timing… The meat is being cooked, it will be good!
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
– Just wait! …and taste!