That looks so easy
Some of you may know that after Easter our family moved house, and, as most of you will have experienced, there is a lot to do! Packing, cleaning, gardening, changing of mailing address, throwing out of unneeded items and also discovery of items you forgotten you had. When I was lining up one of my wonderful friends to help me move, he asked me what we were planning to do with the piano, how would we move that? I hadn’t thought that far at that point, but with a few seconds of turning the mind cogs, I said we can get a few blokes to do it. He suggested we get a piano mover, to my shame, his suggestion fell on deaf ears. Moving day arrives…
My eldest brother and I, after clearing out the way to the piano, thought we should check how we would go with moving the piano. We managed with an awful lot of exertion to move it sideways about a foot. Which lead me to the conclusion that even with four of us blokes, we had no shot of getting this piano out of my house and up the steps on our new abode. We needed a piano mover. Funny that, just like my friend had suggested. Humble pie for Trev it seems.
What fascinated me the next day, when the piano mover got on the job, was the ease and skill that was used to get the piano in. They had this dolly with huge wheels, which seemed to be about a quarter length of the piano, it was put under the middle of the piano and then the piano moving wizard elegantly danced the piano via a ramp, up the stairs and into its predetermined spot. The two guys were moving this piano mostly with one hand and turning it with a small amount of pressure on the top of the piano. I could not believe that with the right knowledge and the right equipment, how easily a very difficult task can be accomplished.
This made me reflect on the tasks that God calls his church local and universal to. Some of the tasks seem daunting, and at times, a lot of work can be exerted and it feels that we have not moved very far at all. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in chapter 4 gives us assurance that God has the right help for us. Paul writes “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Like me getting the help from the dancing piano man, so God intends for us to have the right people for the right task within our churches. These people will enable us to collectively move beyond where we might get without them, toward maturity and fullness in Christ.
Everyone has gifts to be used (as I wrote recently in the weekly news) and also, God has people he will raise up for us for a special task of leading us. In light of the transition that will be upon us soon, with Greg and Karen moving to Sydney, it is fitting to give thanks that God knew what he was doing in sending Greg and Karen as a gift to us through this last season. It is also important that we seriously pray for God to gift our church and community with the person who has God’s special gifting for us for this next season of life at Holy Trinity. I pray that that the outcome will be that we will collectively find ourselves in new ways, moving things that we thought were beyond us and, as Paul said, “that the body of Christ be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”