This may sound like a Christmas illustration, but it’s not. It’s a vision illustration.
There has been a Christmas tree shortage off and on for the last few years. And it could last a couple years more.
Why the shortage? Drout? Fire? Pandemic?
There are several suspects in the case, but the primary reason can be traced back to the recession of 2008, when fewer people bought trees — a trend which continued for a couple of years.
Since fewer were buying, tree harvesters planted fewer trees, thinking the need was dwindling.
As the economy began making gains, business picked up again … but short-sighted harvesters weren’t prepared. They had forgotten that there is a difference between a temporary lull and a long-term shift in consumer behavior.
Something similar can be said for ministry.
This is a temporary situation that we face today. But the lull won’t last. It requires our attention, to be sure. It requires that we be flexible in our plans and procedures.
But, as we deal with the ‘now’ all around us, let’s not be lulled. Let’s not lose sight of our vision. We must continue to look ahead, and plan forward, just as God has called us to do.
This moment in time is temporary. Our mission is long-term. Let’s make sure we’re ready when new opportunities for ministry come our way.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)