It was over 10 years before I pastored again. This time I didn’t push; it was a God-thing.
My grandpa had started going to the barber in Etoile, some 16 miles from our community.
One day the barber said, “Mr. Hook, I sure would appreciate it if you’d pray for our church. Our pastor resigned and we’re beginning to look for another.”
Grandpa told him that if the church needed someone to fill the pulpit one Sunday, I was available.
Not long after that I was contacted to come in and preach in view of a call. I had no great expectations of pasturing; I was just going to help them one Sunday.
But a funny thing happened on my way back to my home church – they called again. Then they met in a business meeting and called again.
The church gathered around in the fellowship hall and had Linda and I join them. They asked all kinds of questions of me; questions about salvation, belief, and doctrine.
Then the miraculous happened, they asked me to become the pastor and I accepted. The former pastor had been there for 20 years and resigned because of sickness. I thought I would also be there for a very long time. But something happened that changed all of that and I resigned after only 6 years.
It is written wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord! Ps 27:14
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Ps 37:7
Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, Ps 37:34
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; Isa 40:31
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, Lam 3:25
The key to a happy and successful ministry is to wait on the Lord.