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Trust and Obey

                                                       March 27, 2019

Dear Friends,


He said, "The look on your face was priceless. I knew you
were in a panic when you realized that you were actually
going to have to work." Then he laughed. Ray and I have
that kind of relationship. We tease each other all the time.
The truth is that he knows me and he was absolutely right.


I went to bed on the first night of our recent mission trip
to Puerto Rico in a panic. I wondered if I could actually
get on a roof and handle a power washer? My job on these
trips has always been as a support person. I lead the
devotions. I get supplies. I joke that I am only there to
get the coffee and donuts.


The other thing I usually do is take a few "staged" photos.
I have someone take a picture of me pretending to work. I
pick up a hammer or lift a bag of cement and smile for the
camera. It's all in good fun. It was in that spirit that I had
my picture taken wearing a hard hat the first day. I knew
it would get a laugh.


I posted it on Facebook. That was a mistake. One
parishioner commented, "That's the Cal Lord I know.
He's always leading by example." He didn't get the joke.
This only added to my panic as I went to bed that night.
I always say, "Here I am Lord. Send me." But in that
moment I had to question whether I really meant it.


Talk is cheap. We say we want to follow Jesus but he
predicted that a lot of us would come back with excuses.
Too often, we say we want to follow him but we want to
do it on our own terms. We want to be the donut man and
not the one doing the heavy lifting. Yet, when Jesus calls
he wants us to be ready to serve.


I love the old hymn that goes, "When we walk with the
Lord, in the light of his Word, what a glory he sheds on
our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us
still and with all who will trust and obey." You see, when
God calls we need to be ready to follow, to trust him, and
do what he asks. That's discipleship.


It's not about what we want to do. It  is doing what he
wants us to do. Whether we are on a mission trip or simply
serving him in a local church, God may ask us to step out
of our comfort zone and do something we've never done
before. He knows what we are capable of doing and he
sends us where he needs us.


He may send us to comfort a friend who has lost a loved one.
He may call us to mentor a young person who is struggling
to find their identity in Christ. God may invite us to join
him in building a bridge for someone who is lost and trying
to find their way home to God. Don't be afraid. Trust him
when he calls.


The Good News is that if God calls us to do something, he
will be right there at our side helping us. Take it from me.
I spent a week on a roof learning how to use a power washer.
Who would have thought that that was possible? God did!
So when you see those photos on Facebook this week, look
again. They are the real deal.


God bless! See you in church. Cal
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