The Big Outside the Box Thinker – Major Announcement

I have been in a state of transition in my life over the last 3 months. I have been struggling to figure out what is “next.” If you are human, you have been there, and who knows you might be there now.

I have been in between careers. (unemployed) I know with a greater authority than ever before what it is that I want to be involved in and doing. I really want to be more closely involved with ministry. I have been involved in the music industry for a long time. I have realized what I really like about it is the people. With all the changes that are happening in the music business, I am less and less interested in the business and more and more concerned with the people.

I have been in a battle to find some kind of job. (Now, I am “that guy” to my friends, and I didn’t exhaust every one of my options. I know that I could have probably landed a waiting tables gig, or kinkos, or some other minimum wage job.) I could not find something that fit into what I really wanted to do, or a job that would supplement me sufficiently to do what I really want to do on the side.

Through the vehicle of Facebook, I came back into conversation and friendships with many friends from my past. I think that social networking has the potential to be a very dangerous place, and I will be the first to admit that I spend too much time there, but, it is NOT inherently evil.

I started into a conversation with one of my friends about job opportunities. I ended up applying, interviewing and being offered a position that I am very excited about. I am going to be the Summer Staff Ministry Leader at Sandy Cove Conference Center. Here is the catch, Sandy Cove is in North East, MD (that is the name of the town and not just a direction)

Some of you who have known me for a very long time, know that Sandy Cove is a big part of my life growing up. Sandy Hill, the camp that Sandy Cove used to own was where I went to camp as a kid and where I came to know Christ, so it holds one of the most dear spots in my heart.

When I was 16 years old, I started working at Sandy Cove. I have described in the past to people that Sandy Cove is like Dirty Dancing without the dirty dancing. It is a family retreat center where the staff lives on the grounds of the conference center. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and it sits at the northernmost waters of the Chesapeake Bay. I worked there for 8 summers and 1 full year. My friends that I made there are some of my closest life friends.

In my situation, I don’t know when I would ever have the opportunity to take a seasonal position like this again in my life. I am looking at this like a sabbatical. I need to go away and prepare my heart for the ministry I want to accomplish here in Nashville.

Very important that you hear this: I AM NOT PLANNING ON MOVING! God would have to make it abundantly clear to me that it was His plan for that to happen. I am keeping my apartment and fully plan on returning to Nashville soon after Labor Day.

The latest news to this is that finding a temporary job for one month until I was supposed to move up to Maryland has proved to be equally tough. I have been trying to stay very trusting that God would provide for me. Yesterday He did. It just shocked me how He did it. My friend from Sandy Cove called and he has an immediate need and offered me work as soon as I could get there.

With that being said, I will be leaving Nashville next week. Either Friday or Saturday April 18th or 19th I will load up my car and drive 750 miles north east to North East, MD.

I wasn’t really mentally prepared for this to happen so suddenly, but I am not in a position to question it.

There is an illustration I have heard several times about a guy whose house gets flooded and he is standing on his roof and prays for God to provide him a way out. As he is praying there is a boat that comes by and beckons him to get in. The guy tells him to move along that he is praying and God is going to save him. Then a helicopter hovers over and tries to rescue him, and he again chases them off declaring that God is going to save him. The floodwaters rise and engulf the man, and he gets to heaven and is quite upset that God didn’t save him. He questions God saying, “Why didn’t you answer my prayers?” and God says “I sent a boat, and a helicopter, what more do you want from me?”

I identify with this story. I have been praying diligently for the opportunity to work and yesterday I found out that one of my last-resort job offers here in Nashville fell through. I got off the phone very frustrated with God. “Why won’t you answer my prayers?” Within hours my phone rings with the offer of work, but not in the pretty little package I expected it to come in. I am getting in the boat.

Despite being in the middle of the woods on the Chesapeake Bay, I am assuming I will still have the ability to contact the outside world, and hopefully maintain my blogs.

I would covet your prayers that all of the details of making this quick move work out well… specifically that my car makes the trip, and that the financial burdens that I am in will be relieved.

I thank God for being bigger than my problems… always.


9 thoughts on “The Big Outside the Box Thinker – Major Announcement

  1. Pingback: Major Announcement « Thursday Night Bible Study Review

  2. Hey Stephen! How very exciting for you! I love to see God working in amazing ways. He does provide exactly what we need when we need it. I think a summer at Sandy Cove sounds perfect for you.

    If you’re driving near High Point on your way north, you should stop by and see our little guy. He’s really cute. 🙂

  3. i love it!!!

    i think it’s ridiculously funny that you are going to be 20 minutes from my parents house…i’ll make sure they invite you over for dinner at least once. :O) maybe twice if you’re good.

  4. I love seeing how God works. I’m looking forward to having you close enough to hang out again but far enough away that I don’t have to put up with you ALL of the time.

  5. Steve,

    I don’t know if you remember, but way back in the day, i had that little rap group called CIA. Part of the reason I got out was that I was burnt in the music business. I felt there was inauthenticity swirling through it like oil in water. Part of my coming to LBC was to get away from that. Part of “TrueSource” radio program idea ( I bet that brings back some memories) was a way to expose inauthenicity and help kids connect with the good stuff in the industry. I don’t know what revealed your true heart in focusing on the people over the music machine, but I applaud it. Of course the music industry needs quality people like yourself and they are losing a great influence but hey, big moves like the one you are taking are the things adventures are made from.

    I am grateful as well for social networks like this. It is great to catch up with everybody. Oddly enough, I don’t remember writing my name on all my food….not that you guys would be eating the goya food anyway. I do remember using every plate, cup and piece of silverware in the entire house.

    Keep in touch.

  6. Hi boy can i relate to your transition time. I too grew up at the Cove. I spent time at Sandy hill as a camper as my mom was the nurse there from 87-90. My younger brother Ean grew up there and continued all the way to its current location. The hill and the cove are in my heart as well. I hope you find rest and inspiration at SC this summer. It is a place of refuge. all the years working with kids (my passion) at the cove has lead me to own and run my own school here in AZ. Love to here how everything turns out! God Bless Sarah

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