Dink, Art, and Mickey have an enormous responsibility. As Shepherds of the flock here at Eastgate, they often times have to make choices and decisions that are, well, difficult to say the least.
For example, this past weekend. I had received a few text messages and phone calls about Sunday’s services by around noon on Saturday. Obviously the weather was bad and travel difficult, but they wanted to wait until Sunday morning to decide if the weather warranted canceling services.
Later on Saturday afternoon, I sent them a picture of the parking lot from the security cameras that show the parking lot. Even in the pictures, it was obvious that it was a sheet of ice.
Realizing that the temperature was not going to go up over night, they made the difficult decision to cancel our both of our Sunday services.
But by 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, those same cameras showed that the parking lot was pretty much clear. The ice/snow had melted and evaporated. Some would say we could have met Sunday night, even though it had been cancelled.
The trouble is that some areas of the parking lot and streets that were in the shade most of Sunday may have looked clear, but were not: black ice is what it is called.
My point is that, while the danger wasn’t apparent, it was still present. We don’t want anyone to slip on the ice in our parking lot (or anywhere else).
So, in this case, the elders were not only watching out for your souls (Hebrews 13:17) they were watching out for your body as well.
But “black ice” isn’t just limited to parking lots and roads. It is present in our spiritual life as well. Satan will throw temptations your way that are obvious. But, just when you think it is “safe” and you’ve gotten through the danger, he will throw something you are not expecting your way to make you slip and fall. So watch out!
Oh, and be sure to thank Dink, Art, and Mickey for the job they do.