Fluid! That's what I need to be when serving in prison ministry.
Flexibility is too rigid!
Am I prepared to be fluid when...
... I never know how many inmates will attend?
... someone blurts out an unrelated question in the middle an important point?
... abruptly, church stops for a recount in the prison.
... unexpectedly, the message causes a prison disturbance and gets shut down?
To be fluid... means being bathed in prayer, trusting in the Holy Spirit's leading and learning from the ups and downs of serving on the front lines. Please don't be permanently discouraged when things seem like a failure. The root of the problem could be from a variety of things:
- The enemies persecution
- Prison protocol (I'm learning to trust it.) or...
- It could be YOU!
In my case, the Intimate Relationship Series has been suspended and the upcoming Homosexuality message is discontinued because of inmate disruption and safety. It's a challenge to be "fluid"... in disappointment and feelings of failure. This is a portion of the prayer I prayed this week:
Have mercy on me.
I love you Lord.. may your will be done not mine.