“Walk in such a way that you never sink.” That’s how you walk through a swamp, where one misstep could plunge you into chest-deep water or worse. Of course, one doesn’t learn this overnight. I imagine that Ruby Reno went swimming a few times soon after she married George Reno and moved to his beloved Louisiana bayou with him. I like the sure-fire certainty of not sinking, of staying on the solid ground. But how does one actually do that in a swamp, where the water rises and falls, the landscape shifts and the ground changes? George’s word to his new wife stick with me. It is probably easier to navigate a swamp than to go through today’s church leadership landscape. I don’t want to take missteps! I love my congregation and I love my church. I want us to be true to Scripture, to follow God’s precepts. I want us to go through the journey without sinking. The only way I know of for this to happen is to keep looking to Jesus. Jesus shows the way. It may sound simplistic, but it is not. It’s layered with justice and an ethic of the truest Love; it is sprinkled with surprises and unexpected people. The one who least seems to fit in – that person is the next sure step in our journey with Jesus.
Today Pastor George Reno, legendary preacher from the Louisiana bayou, was present with us through the words of Delphine Martin. Delphine compiled and wrote the stories of this prank-loving, fisherman and Mennonite preacher who “lived where no one else wanted to live” with his beloved wife, Ruby. I loved hearing a sample of the stories about this faithful man. Find the book on Amazon or through Facebook.