But lately this song has struck a chord with me on a couple different levels. Mainly, because I feel “stuck” on some level. Almost daily we are asked what our schedule is for leaving and heading into the next foreign land to serve. No matter the amount of praying and prodding and calling and visiting – I seem to still find myself stuck and waiting on God. I am sure that He has a plan for our family, but that feeling of being stuck between two places is not easy for me to shake. If I could clearly discern which role God would pick for us to have, I feel that I would have some peace. But ultimately whichever place we find ourselves, we will continue to serve Him while we serve the clowns to the left of me and the jokers to the right, here am I send me…
In the bigger picture, I look around at the church and the way we are trying to save a lost and dying world full of clowns and jokers and mockers of God. As we attempt to bring meaning and relevance to life and the whole of humanity that is stuck in the middle of heaven and hell. Deep down I think we all (Christ followers and non) have a feeling that something isn’t right and we are wondering what it is we should do. We are all looking for signs and direction.
A couple of weeks ago, Tammi and I attended the Great Lakes District Conference of the Evangelical Free Church – a confab of pastors and church planters – and we had the opportunity to rub elbows with some incredible people. One of the common themes and the most impactful takeaways for both of us, was simply the idea of walking alongside and loving each other as we figure out what it means to serve God, especially as the bride of Christ. How do we reach and connect with the people outside of the church, outside of our worldview, with different values, goals, and struggles? How can we help others to get un-stuck from the middle? Jesus provides us with a simple answer when He says, “Follow me.” He doesn’t ask for any confessions of faith – or confessions, at all, initially. He just walks alongside of us, guides us, and calls us to do the same for others.
Maybe now I can get this song out of my head. I’m not really stuck, even though it feels like it at times. I’m on a journey with clowns and jokers and sinners too. And I’m in good company.