There is an old saying… I guess it is old because I have heard it all of my life and people tell me that I am now old… It says, “Time flies when you are having fun”.
As most of you know I had the distinct privilege of serving as your interim pastor since February. That was six months ago. In many ways, those six months have literally flown by. It really doesn’t seem possible that I have been with you for six months. That is not to say it has been all laughs, chuckles, or giggles. The pandemic sort of sucked the joy right out of much of the last six months. But overall, I have truly enjoyed being connected with First Baptist Church Lawton – Fort Sill and that helped the time fly by for me, at least. I don’t know how fast the last six months have been for you.
I have at least one regret about my time with you. Because of the pandemic, folks were not able to attend church in April and May and not many felt safe enough to attend in June. So, my regret is I didn’t have a lot of time to get acquainted with most of you. I wish that were not the case but, as I am learning, pandemics have a way of changing a lot of things. I did, however, have enough time with enough of you to know that this is a pretty special church filled with great people who really want good things to happen. You are an easy bunch to preach to. You laugh. You listen. You lean into the Word. I also think you are eager to learn from Scripture which causes you to ask “great questions”. Folks tend to linger after church is over. That’s a very healthy combination. Don’t lose those attributes.
This Sunday will be my last Sunday with you as your Interim Pastor. But never doubt that I will leave a piece of my heart with you. It has been a great privilege to serve among you. I have enjoyed the ride immensely.
You have a good man coming to be your Pastor. I am convinced God orchestrated that entire search process. That tells me He has great plans for Brother Mike as he leads you for a long, long time. I have no doubt that after Mike has served you for several years he, too, will say, “Time flies when you are having fun.”
Dr. Joe Ligon