This summer, my wife and I traveled to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. We had driven several hours to get to the base of the mountain, but once we arrived at the viewing point, we were greeted with a thick layer of fog. The mountain that we had traveled so far to see was covered by the clouds. After spending some time hoping the clouds would part, we decided to go ahead and begin our drive back to our hotel. As we were about to exit the park, my wife said “Stop!” Through a split in the trees, we saw what we had driven so far to see – the great wonder of God’s creation known as Mount Rainier.
When we think about our own lives and ministries, sometimes we find ourselves in Paradise (or what we had hoped would be Paradise, which was really much less than that) surrounded by the fog. We are not sure how we got to where we are, why God has called us to this place, and how we are going to make it through the cloudiness of the situation we find ourselves in. It is in these moments where we need a fresh vision. We need a reminder of our calling and more importantly the God who called us into ministry and is the One who works His ministry through us.
One of the most famous calling passages in scripture is found in Isaiah 6. From this text, we see the following truths that we can hold onto in the midst of the fog of our lives and ministries:
• God reigns over all. – v. 1
• God is the only perfect One. – v. 3
• We are lost and inadequate without God’s work in and through us. – v. 5
• God’s great grace changed us and continues to change us. – v. 6-7
• The mission we are called to is God’s mission that we get the blessing of participating in. – v. 8
So today if you find yourself lost in the fog of life and ministry, stay faithful; remember the One who called, equips, and empowers you; and keep your eyes looking to the heavens. One day the clouds will break, and you can glimpse the glory of a beautiful work that could only be done by God Himself.
Ben Birdsong serves as the Minister of Students at Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Masters of Divinity degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ben has served with Student Life, Inc. and First Priority of Alabama. He loves to minister to students and challenge them to become campus missionaries and to live out their faith. Ben is married to Liz, who is a middle school English teacher. He enjoys movies, reading, coffee shops, and blogging at http://www.benbirdsong.com