Pastor Jason Reid
September 16, 2018 was one of the greatest moments of my life. That was the day my wife and I officially joined the pastoral team at BLC and were installed as Family Ministries pastors. That day will forever be engraved in my heart because that was the beginning of a new chapter of ministry for me and my family. I have to be honest, as I excited as I was, I was somewhat nervous as well. A lot of thoughts ran through my mind because here we are stepping into a pastoral role at a new ministry, under a new lead pastor, working with a new staff and serving in a ministry where the people barely know us and we barely know them, but on that day September 16, 2018 when Pastor Terry invited my wife and I up to the stage to announce our calling and when the pastoral team laid hands on us, I felt such a peace come over me. I believe it was God saying I am with you. I was so excited about the season we were entering into.
In that same month of September 2018, I had no idea that I would also experience one of the most difficult seasons of my life. On September 26, 2018 just ten days after experiencing one of the greatest moments of my life, I received news that my mother was in the hospital and I needed to rush back to Michigan. That day will forever be engraved into my heart as well. That morning I had just spoken to my mother on the phone. I had an upcoming business trip scheduled for that following week in Michigan and we talked about how good it was going to be to see each other. That night my brother and I were on the highway heading back to Michigan. When we finally got to her room in the hospital, I saw my mother laying in a bed hooked up to tubes and medical equipment. As strong as I was trying to be, it hurt so much to see my mother like that. On November 12, 2018 my mother passed away.
As we made plans for mom’s homegoing celebration guess who was asked to do the eulogy? You got it, me. I had those same nervous feelings and random thoughts that I felt the day my wife and I were installed as pastors.
On Monday November 19, 2018 we had mom’s homegoing celebration. As I stood behind the podium I felt that same peace I did the day when Pastor Terry invited my wife and I up to the stage to announce our calling and the pastoral team laid hands on us. I believe it was God saying I am with you.
My subject for the eulogy was “An Unknown Season” and my scripture reference was Ecclesiastes 3:1-4. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”
If you notice in these verses there are a lot of season changes going on but there is one thing that the writer never mentions about changing and that’s God the father.
I have to be honest with you, it has been really hard for me to even wrap my head around everything that has transpired in the last couple of months. How did I go from experiencing one of the greatest days of my life to one of the most difficult days of my life all in the same month?
As I entered the exciting season of being installed as a Pastor as well as going through the tough season of loosing my mother, I had to realize regardless of whatever season I am in, I still serve a God that does not change, and because I have a relationship with God, my experience has taught me that if he has brought me through that, he will bring me through this. (Hebrews 13:8, Deuteronomy 31:6, Philippians 4:12-13)
I think you get what I am trying to say!
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father God, I come before you, thanking you for who you are. Help me to rely solely in you and realize regardless of whatever season I am in, you are God and you do not change. I am so grateful to have a relationship with you and because of this I know that you are with me in every season that I may face. In Jesus name, Amen!