The following was written by Matt Wallace, from Minot, ME. Thanks to Tim Westergren for passing this along.

“My dad just died suddenly. The Pastor woke up at an ungodly hour and sat with my mother in the crucible of the waiting room while I drove in the wee hours of the morning to meet my mother. My mother wasn’t alone as her husband fought to live because the Pastor was with us.

The Pastor entered into our suffering as we received the bad news that death was imminent. As we struggled to maintain composure, the Pastor prayed a little prayer, but he wasn’t communing with the God who created quantum mechanics because it was a fun thing to do. He was calling out to our covenant Lord for His supply and affection in our moment of need.

The Pastor prayed for us.

When my dad died, he pointed us to the realities of the gospel. He didn’t have the power to raise my dad, but he had the words to point us to the One who could.

The Pastor spoke the gospel to us.

When my brother, who made a mad 5-hour dash to the hospital from N.H., walked into the room to see my father, the Pastor embraced him in his grief. He comforted the broken hearted.

In the sour days to come, the Pastor will continue to point us to the sweetness of Jesus as our only refuge and strength. He will provide leadership to the local church by pointing the way to best minister to our family with practical deeds of love. He preached at the funeral and pointed the way to the lost.

The Pastor will go through the fire with us.

The epic nature and amazing opportunity of the otherworldly realties at play could be lost on the discontented pastor.

The vocation of the Pastor in the living and dying mundane rhythms of small town Maine isn’t little. It is full of chances to show forth the towering visions of the gospel as they point us to Jesus and bring breathtaking vistas of the glory of God in the face of suffering.

This isn’t a boring rhythm; it is the very marrow of life itself. Jesus doesn’t do boring little things. All that Scott did for us as a pastor wasn’t boring or obscure because he showed us Jesus. They weren’t little things. Far from it, they were signposts to the deepest longing of our hearts – that the kingdom of God is coming.

But even now in the daily vocational rhythms of the Pastor, God points us to the reality that the Kingdom of God is also a present, yet unfulfilled, reality.

That is the kind of epic stuff Jesus is doing in the common rhythms of living and dying in your town.

Pastors, your vocation is threaded within the fabric of what God is doing for a broken world.

God ordained the ministry after the fall to point us back to the very realities of the covenant of life in the face of post fall rhythms that bring death.

But God doesn’t want your contentment to be based on something so little as writing books, retweets, speaking engagements, church attendance, or your sinful evaluations and covetousness of other pastors or ministries.

Jesus wants you, and He is rescuing you from such little things by training you to rest your contentment solely on his massive performance and affection for you. He is jealous for His glory and will train your heart to trust Him, though it be painful. He is healing you from you.

Defeating despairing rhythms isn’t the problem. They were never meant to satisfy you.

Post fall rhythms are pushing and pointing you to radical freedom that Jesus is all in all.

Discontented pastor, I pray that you find your contentment in the gospel and discharge your vocation as Pastor from the joy of knowing Jesus and living on His mission precisely in the broken rhythms of this age.

Don’t waste your little town, your little church, the broken and dreary rhythms you find yourself in, but allow them to point you and your flock to the breathtaking realities of the Gospel.

The deeds that spring from such a vision might never be published, tweeted about, or rewarded with money, but quite frankly, who cares? Jesus is with you, lovingly guiding your days, and promising to share His inheritance with you.

Jesus isn’t about little things and little reasons.

Jesus is epic and is about doing epic things in your life and ministry, but those opportunities come cloaked in little towns with regular people in the common and broken rhythms of everyday life.

Jesus wants to rescue you from spending your life in discontentment, not by taking you out of failure and obscurity, but by showing you Himself and the plans He has in the common rhythms of life.

Your ministry doesn’t end in failure or obscurity. Jesus will win.

Someday, Jesus will break down the story to the world. Even the angels will gasp at what He has done through obscure pastors living in obscure little towns.

Pastor, you are not obscured from the vision of Jesus, and His kind gaze is the only one that matters.

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