More a leap of faith than just a simple step

Rev Peter Carr, former minister of Buckhaven Baptist Church.
Rev Peter Carr, former minister of Buckhaven Baptist Church.

When I obeyed the Lord’s voice to resign from my post as pastor at the Baptist Church in Buckhaven earlier this year, I was clueless as to what the future would hold.

As a seasoned Christian, having had to take steps of faith before, I knew this would be no different.

Thankfully, as we mature in the Christian life, and having proven God’s faithfulness many times by having to take steps of faith, He makes taking such steps easier.

However, faith still has to be exercised, and that often requires us to step out into the unknown.

Stepping into the unknown requires the Christian, well seasoned or not, to trust Jesus with all of the details.

Not long after having obeyed His voice and taken that vital first step of faith to resign from something I had been doing for almost seven years, the Lord quickly opened up a new door of service.

I was quickly appointed missions co-ordinator at the Blacketyside fruit farm, where, unknown to me, God, through the owners there, was planning two tent missions. This required not only another step, but more like a leap of faith, as I have never been involved in anything quite like it.

As I write this, the tent missions are only weeks away and it has been incredible to see how God has been weaving it all together.

Bringing about the right people and resources at the right time!

You are reading this 10 days prior to our second mission with Angus Buchan on Saturday, June 14 (prog starts at 6pm), in the field adjacent to the Blacketyside farm shop.

Although billed as a tent mission, this in fact will be open air. Why?

Well, we are not convinced we will find a marquee big enough to accommodate all who will turn up.

So, another step of faith will be trusting God for the weather.

Although known as ‘flaming June’, we all know from experience that the reality can be quite different!

However, as stated earlier, as Christians, God expects us to take steps of faith (individually and collectively).

That is what we have being doing since we started to meet in the farm shop since mid-February to plan these meetings, and God has already honoured our faith in all we seek to do in His name.

Seeking His wisdom and guidance along the way, prayerfully and carefully.

Thank you for taking time to read this column.

My message for the Christian and non-Christian alike is simple, and it comes straight from His Holy Word: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3: 5 - 6).