And a new chapter begins …

I’ve spent many years wandering in the wilderness of liberal Protestantism and bureaucratic Catholicism. In both, I’ve seen that programs and policies and intellectual rationalizations too often obscure plain Biblical teaching and Christian faith.

God didn’t part the Red Sea, so many folks say, he just helped a handful of fugitives muddle through a marsh. God didn’t feed five thousand, he just had them whip out their lunch on cue. God didn’t create in six days, he stepped back and let evolution do what it might. God doesn’t want us to wash feet–unless the right person does it at the right time to the right people.

But God does what he wants, when he wants. Just when we think we have him figured out, he surprises us.

The last several weeks have been a roller coaster ride, and it all started with the most innocent of remarks from a couple of friends: a smile, a word of invitation.

I’m not telling you the whole story now. It is still sinking in for me and for them.

I had a growing sense that God was calling me to do something. I tentatively reached out to friends, and found encouragement and prayerful support. Some remarkable signs pointed the way. But then came crunch time. Two friends sat in my office on Friday afternoon and asked, “Would you take a step of faith?” That night I looked at Joy and asked, “Do I have your permission?” She smiled, held my hand, and said, “Yes.” I took that step. The next day, I took a further step. And then I wrote my letter of resignation.

Tonight, over a meal of broken bread, the third day since these things happened, all good things came to pass. Old prayers were answered. Old dreams came true. The fears of my kids assuaged.

For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

I’ve got some things to tidy up at the office, some files to arrange, some boxes to pack. But I am champing at the bit for this new adventure to begin.