This is a nostalgic time for me! April 26th marks the commissioning of a group of 6 of my students. I look back and marvel at how God has worked in their lives. Not one of them is the same person who walked in our doors at the onset of their time with us. It has been a great privilege to walk these last years with these folks. It will be exciting to see to see how God will use them in the years ahead. I am humbled to be a part of their formation. I never expected to be in this position!
30 years ago I too was commissioned, and I had no aspiration to being principal of a college. In fact I hoped I was through with education. A little over 10 years ago I was ‘dragged’ to Taylor College to teach Evangelism Studies. Through a bewildering set of circumstances I somehow found myself heading up the college as the Director of Formation. My head is still spinning at the idea and I remain mystified as to why God would orchestrate such an outcome. When I realised that leadership had been thrust upon me I sought the Lord for guidance. I read the words of Jesus “You know that the Rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them…. Not so with you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.” This, as we would expect, was the best advice I could have gotten. As I entered this new calling I knew I was not a great academic or a great administrator but perhaps I could aspire to being a servant. This verse has strangely comforted me and helped calm insecurities and at the same time challenged me and made me realize my inadequacy apart from Jesus.
For years I had exercised a ministry of addition but now I have the joy of being involved in a ministry of multiplication. I see students who will touch lives I could never dream of touching; who will accomplish Kingdom exploits which are beyond me. This is an unexpected joy!
His ways are not our ways. In one of my favourite passages St. Paul breaks into song “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen”
I find myself in a reflective and nostalgic place. I am truly grateful.