It’s the eve of his birthday and he’s fast asleep, but this Pastor’s wife needs the Pastor to wake up and help her get the church decorated today.
“Baby, I need your help today.”
“Oh, but I was sleeping so good. I know, I know, I’m up.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and Child # 3 has her car in the shop.
“Dad can you give me a ride to work. I have to leave in 20 minutes.”
“20 minutes, okay.”
It’s the eve of his birthday, but since he’s going that way…
“Baby can you pick up donuts for the crew and stop at Starbucks for me?”
“Sure, the usual?”
It’s the eve of his birthday and we’re decorating the church. I guess everyone had plans. It’s us, then one family comes by to help, then Vikki comes by, and it looks like that’s it, so he’s stuck doing a little more than he counted on this morning. Late morning 5 more show up.
It’s the eve of his birthday and he slips away to get his head together for the morning, since Sunday service is tomorrow.
It’s the eve of his birthday and comes out of his office at almost 1 pm.
“I don’t feel good, my body aches and I feel a little nauseous. I feel like I need to eat something other than coffee and donuts.”
I had planned a dinner for his birthday tonight, and eating at this time will ruin it so let’s just go with it. He needs to eat.
It’s the eve of his birthday and he says, “So what are your plans for the rest of the day?”
“I have to start laundry and change the sheets. What about you?”
“I’d love nothing more than a nap, but I have to get back to the office.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and he comes home at 6:45 p.m. child # 3 in tow.
“Dad I need to take a load of stuff to my new place.”
“Oh! Can’t it wait until tomorrow? I really need to rest.”
“It’s the first night in my new place. I can call someone else to help me.”
“No, it’s okay, I’ll help.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and he comes home closer to 8 pm.
“I need a shower and a bed.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and a saint from the church calls.
“Pastor, my car broke down. Can you help me? I’m an hour away and can’t get home.”
“Let me get dressed and I’ll be right there.”
“Let me drive, you ride and rest”, I say.
He calls child # 3. “The temp is supposed to drop. Come home and pick up more blankets, just in case.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and his cell phone rings on the way to pick the stranded saint. It’s another saint. His dad is heading for heaven and he needs his pastor.
“I’m on my way to pick up a saint broken down out of town. I will get him, turn right around and be to you.”
It’s the eve of his birthday and we’re at the hospital cafeteria, waiting with the family.
“Happy Birthday Pastor”, everyone says to him just after midnight.
It’s his birthday and we roll out of the hospital at 1:15. He sees the car of another saint in the parking lot. “What are they doing here? Should I go back in and make sure everything is okay?”
It’s his birthday and we’re driving home.
“It’s amazing all we’ve been through together with this family. You know, I remember when the twins were born. They were so tiny, preemies. The doctor didn’t give them much hope. We prayed. Now they’re grown and graduating high school. You know, Toby glowed tonight. When I asked him if he was ready to go he said yes. Then we prayed together. I asked him if he had peace and he did. Susan, he looked peaceful. He’s ready.”
It’s his birthday and it’s 2 a.m. I’m baking cookies for the Kingdom Kidz snack tomorrow and he’s getting ready for bed. He’s not perfect, he’s had his fair share of life happenings but he loves what he does and he was called to do it.
So today, I want to wish you a Happy Birthday My Love. Looks like you’re finally getting that nap you’d wanted since yesterday. In just a few hours you’ll be behind the pulpit preaching your heart out with the message God has placed on your heart. You keep telling me that you have to be called to do this job, and you are. You really are.