Sharing the load

Several times during this project I have been given a word from Exodus 17 from people with a gift of encouragement. This is the account of Moses watching a battle between the Israelite army led by Joshua, and the Amalekites in the valley below. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur stood on either side of him and lifted his hands for him.

When receiving this word I have felt the warm glow of support, but I hardly qualify to be compared with Moses. Yet it is true that I am the front person for what is a challenging situation. Whilst continuing to try and fulfil my role as vicar, I am finding that far more than half of my time is now spent on Go and Grow. Such is the relentless white-knuckle ride of Go and Grow that I have often found myself quite exhausted by it. Rarely does a week pass without an existential challenge to the entire project. One week it's the structure of the floor slab, the next it's the VAT, the next it's questions about the fundraising, the next it's about planning permissions. The picture from Exodus 17 is one of teamwork, in which when the principal leader of the project starts to wilt others rally to support.

It is crucially important that this project is not my project, but something that the entire church gets behind. I have a part to play, the key element being keeping my hands lifted up to God in radical dependence on Him, and not trusting in my own flagging prowess. And if I fail even in that duty, others are alongside to share the load.

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