Giant digging equipment with small person

Reflection: When God Gets the Backhoe Out

BY Scott Hamilton
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

February 2017 Inscribed

My spiritual director recently asked me if I might be harboring any unforgiveness. I nervously chuckled.

She did not.

ReflectionIf I’m honest, I must confess I don’t like confronting some of my personal struggles because the work requires that I ask God to jump in the backhoe and start digging.

Nothing is more challenging to me than standing still while watching God work that backhoe. I know that God can and will unclog the system; garbage will leave the system as it should, eventually. The struggle is actively and patiently waiting for God to do God’s work.

Such times are the ones where I experience God’s greatest compassion, and that compassion empowers my ability to be present pastorally with others when they struggle. Sometimes, the spiritual work is quite hard; yet, I also know that he who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.