Of Being Obedient And Available...
04.10.10 | Comments
I guess we dropped a bit of a bombshell on you during Spring Sharathon, when Rick announced that Sonny would be moving to afternoons, that Kurt and Jean would move to mornings, and that I’d be coming off the air. It’s the kind of news that can really upset the apple cart, and get folks speculating as to “Why?” So, I’ll try to explain, and hopefully avoid the speculation.
In a nutshell, God orchestrated this by speaking to me. For a long time, my heart has been stirring in this direction. (I journal several times a week, and looking back through many an entry, the stirring was mentioned many times, in many ways.)
Meanwhile, 2009 was – well - a tough year, physically speaking. I had two knee surgeries and a neck surgery within 7 months, with a lotta pain and/or rehab in between. I did little yard work, climbing stairs was a real “joy,” and hacking around a golf course? Not an option. So I sat around a lot... but frankly, I’m just not one to sit around! So I spent my couch-potato time reading, studying, praying, and searching. See, I’m at an age where there’s more life in the rear view mirror than in the front windshield. (I know I hide it well...thanks...) So I want the rest of my days to count not just for “good,” but for the very “best” God would have. Now, the thought of coming off the air surfaced many times over many months, but it was always quickly followed by, “No, of course not! This is a great job...” That is, until late October. This time the stirring was different –wouldn’t leave me alone. On a Friday night, Sandy and I prayed before bed, “Lord, please make it clear what You want.” The next morning, I woke up at 5:30, and this notion filled my head. I asked, “Father God, is it time to come off the air?” “Not yet,” came the immediate unmistakable reply. And as I asked, “Well then, when...?” The same immediate unmistakable voice answered, “End of the year.” Wow. Now, I realize God speaks to people in many different ways – but this was as clear as I can express. And God’s time frame made sense as, for various reasons, I would be off the air almost all of the holiday season. So our audience would be used to me being gone, right? By the same token, I knew this would be extremely short notice for Family Life. But, I thought, “God said it so - here goes....”
That week, I spoke to all my supervisors, and told them what the Lord had said. I also explained what I thought God was directing me to do instead. They were as understanding and supportive as they could afford to be, given that I was proposing a major apple cart upheaval. They couldn’t promise – but listened respectfully. And hey, this was all I could ask of them... but in my heart, I knew God was at work, and believed He could and would make this happen. So I began to mentally prepare for a change – for my main objective was not to spill apples, but to simply be obedient and available to this new call from the Lord.
Well, as you now know, the changes didn’t happen on January 1st, but the wheels sure had been set in motion by then, and now, beginning April 26, the change is becoming reality.
The main point I want you to get, is the point God made with me: To always be obedient and available to His call. He loves you and wants the very best for His kids – ALL of His kids. For “He works all things together for good for those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” It’s His purpose we are to accomplish, while we trust that He has our best interest in mind. So, in the spirit of Romans 8:28, and to squelch any speculation, please know:
- This is no reflection on my relationship with Sonny. Sonny is a great guy that I’ve grown to care about a great deal. He is my friend and my brother, and we’ve been good for each other in many ways that are personal to us. I will always be grateful for the time we have shared, and I am fully confident that you afternoon listeners will fall in love with Sonny.
- Kurt and Jean are two genuinely nice guys who are embracing this change with humility and respect, and I am excited about the fun they will bring to the mornings, along with Rachelle Renee when she moves here in July.
- This came from the Boss of Bosses, the Lord of Lords. It is in no way a disciplinary action, or a matter of someone’s promotion or demotion. We are still the same team, on the same mission. In baseball terms, we’ve merely changed positions and batting order. (And yes, I’m still “out in left field” in many respects! ...some things don’t change!)
- Finally – Hey - I’m still here – lurking in the shadows. (insert evil laugh) Seriously, I will still make my presence known around here – for my job description from God is to spread joy and laughter to the body of Christ – and the world. And I can’t do that by keeping silent! So... BOOGA-BOOGA-BOOGA!!!
Well, there you have it. I’m excited to watch God work things together for good, and pray that you will embrace these changes willingly and lovingly. In my next blog, I’ll try to explain what God now has in store for me. Thanks for reading!