Shaped by God
Monday, March 13
Dr. Bill Nisbet, Assistant Pastor, Congregational Care, Roswell Presbyterian Church
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. - Psalm 46:10
My journey into ministry has been a journey with the presence of God and Christ. I went to Ga Tech confident I wanted to explore my fascination with science and engineering. But working in an engineering environment, I discovered that I enjoyed more the interactions with co-workers and colleagues, so I changed my major and my focus to management. Then events occurred where I felt a call to focus on people in the church. So after Ga Tech I entered Columbia Seminary in Decatur to explore this sense of call to ministry.
One clear autumn day, while walking to a seminary class along a path that went through some woods between our housing and the classrooms, I noticed that the wind was gently turning over some leaves on the ground beside me. As I walked and watched, I realized these leaves were turning over right alongside me as a gentle wind was blowing at the same pace I was walking. With that realization I suddenly felt a confirmation of my call to ministry, that Jesus Christ was walking beside me along my journey into ministry.
Many of us can look around ourselves, or look back on life's events, and know that, by faith, Jesus Christ is present in our lives. Perhaps, like a gentle wind on an autumn day, there is a natural explanation to what has, is, or we hope will be occurring with us and those we love, work with, pray for, and serve. There is also the explanation through faith, that in the midst of the routine or the chaos of life, we are given a confidence that the grace of God has entered into our world, our lives, and our hearts. In those moments I find I am surrounded with love, mercy, strength, and hope. When those moments happen to you, how is Jesus Christ present with you?
Lord God, Thank you for your presence in my world and in my life. May I have joy when your presence is clear, trust when my way seems cloudy, and may I place myself in your hand when I am unsure of the journey. May my joy, trust, and faith continue to be grounded in the life and journey of Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.
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