In the United States, if a President is going to be transitioning out of the White House, we call them a lame duck. This is because there is already someone else getting ready to move in, and the President doesn’t really have the same power he had before to make decisions. He basically just has to wait for the next season of his life to come around, all while sitting around doing some meaningless tasks.
Right now, I’m in my lame duck session of ministry. I just graduated my old small group into high school, and I don’t really know for sure who is going to be in my new small group. Because of that, there isn’t a lot of built-in ministry that I can do–I have to seek it out.
Normally this can be a time that really amps me up for the coming small group year. While it has done that, it has also been the most fruitful lame duck ministry session I’ve experienced. I have had more one-on-one conversations with students, more opportunities for discipleship and more ministry during this season than in any like it before. It has been so refreshing to do ministry outside of the normal context of a small group.
We serve a God that works in ways we don’t always understand. This is one of those times for me. I don’t know why he has given me the opportunity to do so much ministry during this time, but I’m going to make the best of what he has given me.