Today is Saturday, February 10, 2012, day 9 of our pilgrimage. As I reflect on this day, I think about all the places we have gone and realize that there is so much more for each of us to experience. On a more personal level, I have acknowledged that I tend to limit God and place God in a box. Sometimes I stick around what’s familiar and comfortable, but this trip has given me the courage, insight, and determination to do more. Not in my own strength, but in the strength and leading of the Holy Spirit. This trip has truly opened up my eyes to see that God is bigger than I have ever imagined in my life. When I was younger growing up in the church I learned about God and how big he was, but never experienced anything like this. It’s one thing to hear about how big God is and another to actually experience how big God is. The Bible talks about how God has a purpose and a plan for all of us. As I continue to intentionally seek God’s will for my life, I am in awe of his goodness and his grace. I am also in awe of his patience, love, and compassion. And most of all I am in awe of his favor which has no limit.
While on this pilgrimage we have daily reflections on what we have experienced. On this day a thought was offered that God has so much more in all of us, but do we believe that? I believe that God does have so much more. I personally believe that everything that I need is within me. I just have to continue praying that God would make me aware of what he has poured into me when I was formed in my Mother’s womb. Psalms 139:15-16 (CEV) says that “Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.” I am encouraged to keep pressing my way through, knowing that God has so much more for me to experience.
“The vocation of the “pastor-theologian” is one that appeals deeply to my personal sense of calling. I have never felt particularly gifted as a “shepherd pastor,” or a “CEO pastor,” but have always had an abiding spiritual curiosity that has led me to seek God both intellectually and in community. Working on a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree at Central gave me the valuable freedom to explore theology and biblical studies more deeply than I could have imagined. I not only learned how to conduct research in my field of New Testament studies, but I learned how to better form my own questions in search of answers. Central helped me to realize my own vision of making biblical scholarship accessible to the local parish, a vision that I hope to carry well into my future.”