By Secretary Joel Wendland | November 2, 2020
Have you ever taken a long car ride with small children? In my experience kids start crying inconsolably about an hour before you are supposed to reach your destination. I have family back in South Dakota, and it is about a twenty plus hour drive to get there. I have driven there on many occasions and found my kids’ patience to be completely gone at the end of the journey. They have given up. They are done.
If anything can be said about 2020…it has been a long journey. Here we are at the end. Are you done? Many of us expected life to back to some kind on normal by this time. Yet, our experience has been so different. In some places, they want to heighten restrictions even further. As pastors, we have be isolated from hospitals, restricted in our personal visits to our most vulnerable and have found that many in our church are still waiting to come back to worship. Are you frustrated by the journey?
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT) about a season of difficulty that he went through.
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down,
but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed."
Paul is describing being put through the ringer of life and ministry. Even though it had been difficult, Paul could testify that God had been with him. Just as a reminder, God has been with you, too. It has been a difficult journey for all of us for sure. Some pastors I have talked to lately are feeling the emotional weight of this past year, and they are at the breaking point. I want to encourage you that you are near the end of the ride. You are almost to your destination. Don’t give up now.
A few verses later Paul shares some hope during a difficult season. 2 Corinthians 4:15b-16:
"15b And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be
great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
16 That is why we never give up."
God is using you as a pastor and a church to reach His people now, more than ever. See His grace working through you! God is receiving glory for your faithful, selfless labor in this season. Keep on fighting. You're almost there!