In 1989, my wife Vicky and I uprooted ourselves from our hometown in Lee County, North Carolina and moved to Louisville, Kentucky. We moved along with our two-year-old daughter Bethany into an apartment at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to begin preparation for becoming a Baptist pastor.
Right away I had several serious offers to be a youth minister in churches around the Louisville area. But I knew that I wanted to be a pastor so I waited to see if an opportunity would come.
After a few months I received a phone call from Helen Demaree. She was a member of the pastor search committee of Macedonia Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana. She asked if I would come and preach two Sundays and talk to them about becoming their pastor.
She told us that their church was a little difficult to find so she and her husband would meet us in town in Madison. We could follow them out to the church from there.
After a drive of a little more than an hour, we met at the bank in town. We followed them along a beautiful stretch of road out of town that follows the Ohio River. We drove for about seven miles before turning off onto a dirt road. We could immediately see a small church and our excitement at this new adventure was palpable.
But the Demarees drove past that little church and we followed them for seven more miles up hills and curves that seemed endless. We passed another church on the way. The road was so curvy and narrow in places that we felt like we passed ourselves on the way.
Finally we entered a clearing and drove up to a beautiful old building made of stone. We weren’t sure about what we were getting ourselves into. We had made a scary move to a new city. We had patiently waited for God to direct us to a church. We thought we had arrived when we reached Madison, but we still had a fourteen-mile trek into the wilderness to go.
We made it to Macedonia Baptist Church. We stayed for three wonderful years.
The world often looks like a long winding road that is going to a place we are not sure we want to go. We can be sure that the road will be a blessed one if we are traveling where the Lord wants us to go.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Love in Christ,
Pastor, Rocky River Baptist Church