but not content.
I smiled. I agreed. “Although I might not see eye to eye with your theology, I would consider it my job to simply transfer your thoughts to documents, not change the meaning to suit myself.” Even though I was the pastor’s wife of a denomination that held differing views and worship practices, I believed I could rise above the dissimilarities for the sake of my integrity as a secretary.
When they hired me, I had no inkling the shock I was in for.
allowing them to change my thinking and broaden it.
While preparing copy of one of the pastor’s messages for the church’s website, I began to weep at the imagery he portrayed in the story of The Prodigal Son, which he re-titled The Loving Father. I too had been a prodigal once, and even now faced a test of my faith regarding one of my own kids. The words of that sermon encouraged me not to give up on the Father’s strong love. Oh, how I needed to read this message today, I mused. Pastor was surely inspired by God to preach this just for me!
|My "lunchroom" view!|
As I passed through the church building several times a day for various tasks, I sensed the sweet, calming presence of the Holy Spirit. I often felt compelled to kneel in worship, so overwhelmed was I by the sense of Jesus’ glory filling the building. What is happening here, Lord? You are blowing away all my preconceived stereotypes of what Presbyterians are like! I thought. But I’m so thankful you are. I needed you to open my eyes to your Spirit at work in other believers who serve in different ways than I do.
Will I change denominations? No. I really should attend the church where my husband preaches. Will I defend other Christians’ ways and means of worshiping God, even though they don’t fit my original schematic? You bet.
These Presbyterians thought they were hiring an administrative assistant. They didn’t know they were helping God shout “Surprise!”
Have you experienced a surprise, when God changed your thinking a little or a lot?