Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Ummm...Could you repeat that?
I have a problem. A BIG problem. I think I may have mis-heard God.
I've been wondering recently what it means if you are called to ministry and then you can't find a job. What does it mean if you've heard the call, been confirmed in that call by your community, gone through a rigorous process to clarify your vocation, and then stepped out the doors of your seminary degree in hand to confront.......nothing? Does it mean God has had a change of heart? Does it mean God has given up on you and moved on to bigger and better things? Does it mean that you've missed some essential "call-window" during which you were supposed to secure a position? Was this whole thing just a big misunderstanding? (As my Judaism professor loves to say, "There is no difference between saying 'God spoke to me in a dream' and saying 'I dreamed God spoke to me.'")
Then it hit me....What if I misunderstood? What if, in my excitement about hearing direction from God, I mis-heard. What if God really said:
"MS.LOVE-IT-OR-LEAV-IT..................I CALL YOU TO...........DENTISTRY!"
Sounds a lot like ministry, does it not? If this is the case, I'm going to need to get off this theological education train STAT and start working on getting to know my molars a little better... Anyone out there got any dental hygienist positions open?