By B. Robert Wadleigh
In a period of transition there is vulnerability.
It’s a principal that was introduced to me recently by a military man. It was further explained that anytime a military operation begins, the period in which an offensive force is deployed or establishes itself, it is most vulnerable to attack.
In thinking about this concept, I find it almost universally true.
In a corporate setting, when the founder of a company retires, men see their opening and try to exert their authority. Seldom to the good of the company.
When Momma passes, children clamor for her dishes or her favorite skillet. Often families end up not talking to one another because of the exchanges that occur at these times.
Yes. Mankind has repeated this cycle over and over in many different ways. However, there is an exception to this principle.
That is when God makes a change.
Sure. Vulnerability exists. Paul warned of it in Acts 20, but when God does a thing, there is also confirmation.
When Moses died, God came to Joshua and Israel occupied the land of promise.
When Elijah was taken, his mantle fell to Elisha and the signs were clear.
When Jesus parted the veil, a ministry stepped forth and preached the word to three thousand.
As mentioned, Paul was very aware of the vulnerability that man’s ambition poses, but in numerous places he also described a prepared ministry.
This type of confirmation is not limited to “Bible times”, in the months following brother Nick’s death in the spring of 1979, God added dozens to the church at Potter’s Hill and the migration to Jacksonville soon followed.
When I arrived here in May of ‘79, I certainly didn’t know I was part of the church moving on nor, I expect, did anyone else.
It is only now I understand I arrived at time of transition and confirmation.
So even as we grieve Elder LaFleur, we know there is a ministry and a people that were prepared for this day. We also know great things lie ahead for God’s people.
So yes, vulnerability exists, but so doesn’t strength.
God’s confirmation is coming.
What will it look like? It might be a miraculous out pouring, a flood of new saints, or (just) a quiet confidence that God is still on the throne. I really have no idea, but we’ll know it when we see it and I’m glad we’ll be a part.