Today I was privileged, along with the church congregation, to stand out on the lawn and celebrate with cake and punch a young woman pastor’s ordination.
Her husband was with her. She is pregnant with their first child. It was a beautiful sight and my heart filled with joy as we congratulated her on her calling and achievement.
That is a sight that I hope to see in more churches. Oh, they don’t all have to be pregnant!
Get ready, folks. Women are warming up in the bullpen. They are now gathering in the area to warm-up before they enter the game. Oh, they are out in the foul territory along the baselines or just beyond the outfield fence. But be assured, they are there. They are in the holding place – the bullpen – because they have not yet played in the game with the rest of the team.
Some few have been on the field, and pitched a few balls. But others are practicing, learning, biding their time until they too, are out on the field.
They are educated, been to seminary, and have a calling. They are suited up and they are ready to get in the game.
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.” (Luke 12:35)
What will you say to God when He says:
“I called her. She stepped out in faith and went to college, then to seminary. She is dressed and ready to go out into the field.
I signed her on. But you won’t put her in the game.
Just Whose game do you think it is anyway?”
Will you help these young women? They are trained. They are ready. They are waiting for the call that will get them out on the field where they can answer their calling. If you want to win this game, it is time to call those women who are waiting in the bullpen.