“Steppingstone’s or Building Blocks?”
Every person God allows into your path is there for a moment, a season, or for a lifetime. When beginning ministry, three fellow interns were called into the office to be assigned to senior pastors one Monday morning back in July of 1979. Two were satisfied with the assignments and felt that there was much development would flow from the senior pastor in terms of wisdom.
The fellow intern concern became evident at this point as he could not see how his assignment could be beneficial, not a happy camper. The President of the conference posits the question at this point, is there a problem young man? The intern responded with the following question; what is the propose of the internship after all? The simple answer is to provide coaching, mentorship, and modelling. Taking a deep breath, the youthful pastor commented, with the other two pastors I can see them benefiting quite a bit from whom their assignments. But how much of learning do you think I can derive from the pastor you have assigned me too?
The President paused for a second and said Son; there are some people you learn what to do from and others you learn what not to do. It's all a learning experience. In the poem desiderata, expressed it this way, "even the dull and ignorant they to have their story......" So, nothing in life happens by chance. Stumbling blocks quickly become steppingstones.
I often think of the difficult days at NUC formerly WIC as a student. Bathrooms undesirable, the outhouse was sometimes the only option, the mattresses were of coconut brier, and restrictions unattainable yet today I look back and reminisce of the good times that institution afforded me and thank God for the rough times. I now know how to bathe in cold water at five in the morning without falling apart and even liking it.
Nobody comes into your space by accident. God puts people, places and circumstances in our lives because His design is flawless, and purposes are eternal. If we doubt God, then we doubt his plan.
If God could roll back from our eyes the curtain of blindness and give us eye to see the end from the beginning, we would have it no other way. So, trust the process to God, or Doubt him. Lean not to your understanding, in all your ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.
Lord teach me to trust you today, and distrust self as you know what is best in life for all.