Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

peace in the midst

The beacon of light shining on good days and shining on bad days.   I am drawn to lighthouse pictures.fireplace-004  A lighthouse was made to handle waves crashing.  This picture tells a story. 

We have this amazing lighthouse picture over our fireplace.   When we first saw this picture, both of us thought  that it was a great representation of our life.  We never actually thought we would ever buy it.  After all we are living it. 

Through a chain of events  (aka the hand of God) Curt decided to leave his full time,  dependable,  guaranteed great paycheck, yet life robbing job, and just pastor.  (Just pastor – ok that is an oxymoron if ever I heard one, but for now I’ll leave it at that.)

We pastor a small rural Iowa church and at the time they couldn’t afford to pay us much.  We were both working part-time jobs.  When we started using our credit card to live,  Curt picked up a full time job as a pipe fitter.    

It was great money.  We quickly got out of debt, bought new appliances — (some day I’ll blog about the ants in our refrigerator -Oy!)  However, the long hours were  slowly ‘killing’ him.  Man was not meant to work all those hours while pastoring a church.  There is no such thing as a part-time senior pastor. 

(I will add that God blessed both him and the company while he was there.  There were no major injuries to anyone – very long safety record.  Plus it gave him tons of illustrative material.)

I remember like it was yesterday.  It was during a service at District Council that Curt leaned over and said he felt strongly that he needed to quit.   His pipe fitting job had become his safety net.  God had begun to prepare my heart a month earlier at the women’s conference.   I guess God knew it would take me longer to get it.  🙂  I wanted him to quit.  I just didn’t want to go back to pinching pennies or going into debt. 

It was time for that season of our life to end and the nexlightt step to begin.  It was at this time that we saw this picture again.  Not knowing  just what our financial state was going to be, we still decided to buy this picture. 

It would become a daily reminder that whatever happens God is with us, and He is our provider.  You might not be able to see it  but there is a guy on the platform not bothered by the crashing waves. 

It has been 12 years now since Curt worked as a pipe fitter.   I would love to say that he is no longer supplementing our income with outside employment, but that isn’t the case.   The fact is that he loves both of  his jobs.  He is now a part-time college professor.  He sees this as an extension of his ministry.   From faculty to students, he has contact with all sorts of  people from all kinds of religious backgrounds.

So let the wind blow and the waves crash.  With God in control we have peace in the midst of any situation.  Life is good.  God is good.  Life can be hard.  God is good.

til next time


January 16, 2009 - Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Really good encouraging word thanks for sharing.
    Numbers 6:24~26

    Comment by pttyann | January 16, 2009 | Reply

  2. pttyann, thank you. I love those verses. I’ll post them for people to read.
    Numbers 6:24-26
    ” 24The LORD bless you, and keep you;
    25The LORD make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
    And give you peace.”

    Comment by Gloria | January 17, 2009 | Reply

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