Okay, God, please be You!

He had known the man for years. He had offered counsel while the man struggled with a myriad of challenges and crises. Just about the time he thought the man was making progress, the guy would do something or say something that seemed to prove he just didn’t get it. Some of his decisions hurt others. Some were self-destructive.

The pastor cringed a bit when his secretary told him the man wanted to see him again. He thought to himself, “What has he gotten into this time?”

When the man came into his office, he didn’t wear his usual frown or perplexed look. He actually had a smile on his face. His countenance, his posture suggested something different than the pastor had witnessed before.

Before the pastor could speak, the man burst out, “Preacher, I’ve got something wonderful to tell you. I’ve just resigned as general manager of the universe, and it’s amazing how quickly my resignation was accepted!”

Have you offered your resignation yet? Aren’t you tired of the burden? Don’t you grow weary of the responsibility? Haven’t you already proven the job’s too big to handle? Isn’t it time you followed His lead instead of insisting that you’re in charge?

Have you considered what God’s job description must look like? I certainly don’t know all the details but I think I’ve figured out enough to know I don’t have the skill set or the experience or the wisdom.

Life is hard enough. We all struggle with a broken world and broken lives. We have to decide to trust, to live with the questions. A poet named Rainer Marie Rilke wrote: “Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

What the poet either missed or didn’t say is that we don’t have to do this alone. The Creator is also living Word, Comforter, Presence, Healer, and Redeemer. That’s His job, not ours.

Okay, God, please be You!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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