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Friday, February 20, 2009

Trials Continued

This past 2 or 3 weeks has been a tumultuous ride which is partly why I haven't been blogging. I keep trying to find time to do book reviews and theological thoughts but life just seems to come right in and try and stamp on my head. Before I get into the nuts and bolts I want to accentuate the positives.

I have been through an incredible trial and yet God has loved, supported, sustained and encouraged me. Each time I have felt like I cannot go any further God has drawn so close to me. It is not the way that I would choose to encounter God's love and grace but I am so grateful for His very real presence.

In the middle of 2008 I wrote about a particularly distressing and painful time in my life where I was accused of a very serious offense that involved a short police investigation. That investigation consequently proved my innocence of all charges but the process was, nevertheless, very traumatic.

Last week I felt like I had navigated a lot of stress in my life and I was very pleased because I have been feeling a strong desire to drop the Saturday night taxi shift so we can go to church as a family once more. I was thinking of how I was going to tell the owner of the taxi about my desire to drop the Saturday shift and that very day he phoned me to tell me had found a Fri/Sat night driver and would I mind not driving this Saturday! How good is God.

The next day as I was processing a strong call to become more involved in pastoral ministry I received a phone call from the Baptist Union. Evidently although the allegations against me had been dismissed by the police the family in question had made the same allegations to the Baptist Union of NSW who are obliged to investigate them and so the frustrations of defending myself against blatant lies continues. This time I have all of the documents that I was able to access from the Freedom of Information stipulations and also the leaders at my old church are more convinced than ever of my innocence.

The investigation shouldn't take too long but I am SO frustrated. Please pray for my wife and I as we deal with this again. I am also, in the midst of this, feeling a very strong call to ministry but I am not sure what that entails. God is very much in control and I feel that this latest episode smacks strongly of spiritual attack and so we keep going to God for His grace and provision.

This time has drawn Tanya and myself much closer together so I am thankful for that.

Thank you for your love, prayers and support.


Bruce said...

This does sound dreadful Les - makes our own ups and downs seem very trivial in comparison. Am praying for you and your family...

One of Freedom said...

Les I'm happy to hear that your relationship with your wife is improving. I know what it is like to be falsely accused - although all I faced was the charge of heresy from a disgruntled parishioner. Still I have an inkling of the frustration you must feel. It is helpful to remember that it is the devil who is the father of lies, at least I found that helpful in always trying to work for restoration of the relationship with this individual. Doesn't make it suck any less though. I'm praying for you my friend.

Anonymous said...

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the CROWN OF LIFE THAT GOD HAS PROMISED to those who love him.

Les said...

Thanks Bruce and Frank and thanks for the Scripture from the anonymous guest; it really spoke to me very clearly and encouraged me.