Turbulence: That spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, and rattler of nerves.
No one looks forward to turbulent activity when they fly. However, I fly a lot so I have come to embrace the fact that some turbulence comes with the territory.
There is some hope. Advancements in meteorology and science have allowed air traffic controllers and pilots to better prepare for turbulent activity. I am told that pilots actually report turbulent activity for other pilots who are coming behind them, based on what they have experienced in their path. This way pilots can more readily prepare their plane and passengers for possible turbulent activity ahead.
This is exactly what Jesu was doing when He said: "In this world, you will have trouble (turbulence)" John 16:33. In other words, when we were born, we signed up for our fair share of turbulent activity.
Pastors, I would love to warn you, as well. As a spiritual pilot who served the local church for over twenty years, I can tell you that when you signed up for ministry...you signed up for your fair share of turbulent activity.
I'm not sure you knew what you were signing up for when you signed up for ministry. Maybe you thought Pastors just preached, prayed, and planned Starbucks dates. I'm sorry you were misinformed. Ministry is filled with turbulent activity. Why?
There's a spiritual bullseye on your rear end. If Satan can strike the shepherd and cause him to fall, he can scatter the sheep. You are under attack! There is turbulent spiritual activity going on right now in the spiritual realms against you and on your behalf. This just means ministry will never be easy. You had better become accustomed to some turbulent activity.
All have sinned. Sometimes we cause turbulence and sometimes others do, but turbulence is inevitable when we deal with people. I know, pastoring would be so much easier without people, right? The problem is that the church is people and if sin didn't exist the church would not need us.
Why am I tell you all this? I want you to be prepared. I don't want the turbulent activity to take you by surprise. Early on in my ministry, I tended to view turbulent activity as an interruption to my ministry. I no longer do so.
Turbulence is not an interruption to my ministry. It's part of my ministry. It comes with the territory. You can not go around it. You must go through it. However, there is a best way to navigate through it. How? Connect with some other pilots who have already navigated through it.
By the way, that's what we do. We coach leaders THROUGH the Turbulence. Just so you know, if you're not in it now, you will be. There is turbulent activity ahead. RWe would love to help you navigate your way through it.