For with God nothing shall be impossible. There is a limitation to the strength, wisdom, ability and effort of humans, but with God, nothing shall be impossible Luke 1:37.
One of my favorite stories growing up was The Little Engine that Could. I think we are all familiar with the little train that had to go up a big mountain, was not able to do it, and then, when his frame of mind changed to thinking that he could, he did!
I cannot help but think of all the scenarios that have occurred over the course of the last six or so weeks that have created a “Little Engine that Could” mentality and, with the power of God, we have overcome so much! Think about all the things that we, as church leaders/parents/business owners thought we could not do but have done! Here are some examples:
- worship on-line (Zoom, Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook)
- Bible studies and church meetings on-line
- food/hygiene distribution drive-through
- working from home while parenting full-time
- drive-by pick up for customers
Here are some of my own:
- conducting introductory/SPRC meetings by Zoom
- weekly district meetings that are spiritually grounded and relationship building
- remotely decommission a church building
- begin planting a church via virtual gathering
It has been a steep learning curve! I have heard pastors celebrate and welcome these new ways of engagement and interaction. It has created energy and excitement for what could be next, and I continue to reflect on the Scriptural text that has been foundational in my life and ministry, “For with God nothing shall be impossible. There is a limitation to the strength, wisdom, ability and effort of humans, but with God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
May the God of all possibility inspire, strengthen and empower us as we continue in ministry. Amen.