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This last Sunday I spoke at Oakwood Church in Hartland, WI regarding my transition from Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I also shared about my wife Laina's battle with brain and lung cancer. Besides what I shared on Sunday, there was so much more I wanted to say beyond the 5 minutes. When you work in ministry for 7 years there are so many stories that are significant "God moments" that are not only valuable as memories, but useful for encouraging others in their faith journey. I will share just one of those stories with you in this blog today.
I had been laid off from a youth ministry role at a church in Michigan. The economy was heading to its low point and my church could no longer afford to pay me. In my time of seeking the Lord about what was next. I found myself walking on a trail in the woods at a park in Northville, Michigan. As I was talking to God and reading scripture I felt a stirring towards college students. My heart was breaking for them. Over the course of my last few months in youth ministry, college students were coming in off the street asking for campus ministry and saying their friends on campus had so many questions. Our small church did not have a college ministry but I did start up a small group of about 5 students.
As I continued my walk I felt a bit fearful. I prayed, “Lord I’m fearful of taking this step into campus ministry. I don’t feel that I am smart enough to contest the arguments of such intelligent professors and students. And besides how will I raise enough money since it is a support raised ministry?!”
I then turned to scripture in 1 Corinthians 1:18-21:
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.””
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
As I read this verse I stopped on the trail and sat down on a log and began to cry.
Moved by God's power in my weakness I responded, “Yes Lord, I will go.”
About 9 months later I had raised enough money to begin campus ministry with IVCF and chapter planting at a community college. God showed His faithfulness as I faced professors, students and administration with the wisdom of God.
I'm in the middle of another transition in life. It's in this uncertainty and waiting that I seek the Lord and others for guidance and direction. He has always been faithful! He has always provided extravagantly! In Him I put my trust for the healing of my wife, for provision, for my next vocation and whatever God's call looks like moving forward.
His wisdom is not like the world's wisdom. Often God's call seems confusing and very difficult, but I know He is good and that He loves us. Let's walk through this life together as the body of Christ. As we keep supporting each other and building each other up we will know that we are not alone; and the world will know that the Lord is God!
What transition is God leading you through? How is God calling you? What are you struggling with in the waiting?
How has God been faithful in the past?
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
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