Notes from the road
Our guest columnist this week is The Rev. Mariellen Sawada Yoshino, Superintendent of the Fresno District in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
By Mariellen Sawada Yoshino
“So how do I find your church?” I asked.
The church member answered, “When the three-lane highway goes to two-lane, turn toward the ‘Jesus is Lord’ sign.”
“Oh yes,” someone else assured me a few days later. “You’ll find it if you turn toward the sign.”
The Fresno District/the Central Valley is an entirely new area/territory to me. So I am wholeheartedly spending this summer getting to know this district’s compelling terrain, issues, challenges, and joys.
I have been to the “cantaloupe round-up” of Firebaugh and enjoyed the “ice cream” social of
However, as I have been traveling throughout this district, I have found that I am ever worried about being lost/on the wrong road/or on the right road but going in the wrong direction. Last week, after making it to Tahachapi, I got lost trying to find the church. Today, while traveling to
In time, yes, I will become more accustomed to the roadways. Yes, I will understand the relationship of where people and places are located. And yes, I will become better at this; especially as I continue to look toward and remember that it is Jesus who is our directional sign; that it is Christ to whom we must turn with our lives, our churches, and our communities of faith; that it is our Lord and Savior who will be there along highway 152 and along the challenges of ministry.
Soon, I will become more conversant about our issues, discerning through our challenges, and involved amid our joys. To do so, I’ll just have to/we’ll all just have to …keep turning toward the right sign, “Jesus is Lord.”