With a history like that, I was really curious to where they were going in the future. Of course, I can't really know from one visit, but it made me think. In this time of transition, I have found myself looking back alot on the past and pining for the familiar, the already-established, the already-accomplished. I have found myself thinking how "easy" it would be to be back in College Station doing college ministry because it's what I know and I had found my little routine in it and, honestly, I was known there. Basically, it boils down to that I sometimes want to ride on what has already been done and not have to work toward the future. As I sat in church on Sunday, Phil 3 kept running through my head:
"Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
I don't have to forget about all the people I love in College Station and the ministry I so loved there, but I do have to lay those things down as something God did in the past and continue to let Him work in me toward the future. That's a hard thing to do!! Especially when things are unfamiliar and the soil is a hard ground waiting to be tilled. But I'm thankful that the Lord will do it....if I just let Him.