Learning to connect my own story of detours with Joseph’s story – and ultimately God’s larger story of redemption.
Car salesman. Bakery manager. Truck driver. Cattle breeder. In total, 25-year old Simeon worked in 11 different jobs before he entered pastoral ministry.
“I didn’t find peace or joy in any of them,” he remembers. “I was never satisfied that I was living my life to the full. I had known at an early age that I was called to ministry, but I was running away.” As a pastor’s son, Simeon knew the challenges that came with the job. ” My father is a pastor and I had seen first hand some of the difficulties that life in the ministry brings.”
While working in his last job as a foreman on a farm, Simeon gained an undeniable conviction that God was calling him to pastoral ministry. After 11 jobs, he was finally ready. Now he is a full-time theology student at a seminary in Pretoria, and his life has never overflowed with more joy.
“As a full time student preparing to enter ministry, God has opened doors and provided for all my needs in such a way that I cannot doubt his calling on me,” he shares.
Recently Simeon joined a group of student pastors in Johannesburg at Detour, a Walk Thru the Bible Live Event that teaches on the life of Joseph in the Old Testament.
Simeon resonated strongly with Joseph’s story of ending up in an unexpected place at a young age. “I spent seven years running away from the ministry – something of a detour!” Simeon expresses.
– and that I am to be patient even when I can’t see God’s work in my life.”
Simeon believes that God is calling him into young adult ministry, so he sees enormous value in Detour and in teaching young people the story of Joseph – especially those who are unsure about trusting completely in the Lord, as he once was. “God has shown me time and again that He has allowed certain things in my life so that my testimony can be cultivated and made strong,” Simeon has realized. As he shares his testimony with the young people to whom he ministers, he values resources like Detour that ‘bring biblical principles into real life situations’.
Through the Live Event Detour Simeon learned to connect his own story of detours and disobedience with Joseph’s story, and ultimately, God’s larger story of redemption. Now he feels more ready than ever to help others dive deeper into the Bible and discover a God that they can trust in life’s most painful detours.
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