Thursday, October 4, 2012
I'se A Pastor Now!!!!
The "Color Purple" has always been one of my favorite movies and in the movie Shug Avery gets married and in trying to gain favor from her preacher father, she holds up her properly ringed hand and says, "I'se married now! I say, I'se married now!" She was proud of herself and didn't mind proclaiming it loud and clear. I feel just like Shug Avery and I want to throw up my sanctified hands and say, "I'SE A PASTOR NOW! I SAY, I'SE A PASTOR NOW!"
All country talk aside, I have a charge that the Elder sent me to pastor. I was sent amid some trying circumstances that I will not elaborate on, but I am glad that I was obedient and went. I felt the Lord doing something with my ministry all during Annual Conference and I felt that he was moving me into a position to not just lead choirs, but to shepherd people. I prayed and sought counsel from my ministerial family and I knew that it was time. I could no longer sit under the protection of what was my comfort zone (my home church). I had to get on out there and do what God had trained me to do.
I have always liken myself to a baby bird. Baby birds cannot fly when they are born. The are cared for by the parents until they grow big enough for the mother bird to literally push them out of the nest and then the bird had better fly or it will fall to the ground and die. God literally pushed me from the nest and made me fly. He spoke to me and said, "You're a big girl now. I have called you and set you apart. Trust me to take your ministry higher. I love you, but you have to leave home in order for me to expand your territory." So with a mighty push, God kicked me out of the nest so that I can fly. It's scary, but little by little I am climbing a little higher. My arms are getting stronger with each flight. I have had some wobbly take offs, but I have managed to land on my feet. I see a whole vast sky in front of me and I want to be able to fly until I hear the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!"
I am a proud pastor over a people who are truly genuine and wonderful. Together, we will take this wonderful flight into the sky of serving God. I am no longer a baby bird. My Father in Heaven gave me wings to fly. So with that, I throw up my sanctified hands and say, "I'SE A PASTOR NOW! I SAY, I'SE A PASTOR NOW!"