it's hard to get around the wind

I attended a meeting at my home church while in town last week and all of the parents in the meeting corresponded with moments in my first few years of ministry experience.
Two sets of parents whose kids I taught in Sunday School when I was a teenager.
A handful of sets of parents whose kids were in the 5th and 6th grade program that I ran in my first internship.
One parent who fit in both the above and had a daughter I was in youth group with.
Before the meeting started one parent gave me a huge hug and said to me, “My son still has hanging in his room a note that you wrote him when you left here and every time I see it I think about you and wonder how you’re doing.”  She asked where I was and I filled her in on the details.
But her statement kind of stuck to me.  Her son was in 6th grade when I left.  He was a staple at our gatherings with his best friend but was really shy and rarely talked to me.  I never would imagine that he would still have that little note I wrote him all these years later.  Now he’s a junior in high school. still a staple in their youth group, sings on their worship team.  Like most my former students I get to see his life unfold via Facebook posts of our mutual friends.
In ministry, there are no guarantees.  There are days filled with heart bursting joy, there are days filled with heart breaking sorry.  And there are days that fit squarely in between those two extremes.
But some days you get the exact reminder you need that you’re still called to walk this journey with people when those days come you thank the Lord for his provision and strength.

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