Voices on Disruption: Merlin Call

Since I was a non-degree student at Fuller 60 years ago, I have seen many disruptions that have occurred here.

With recent disruptions I find myself experiencing three emotions. The first is gratitude for all that I have received and that has been accomplished here. The second is regret that my comfort zone is being invaded and I can no longer enjoy the benefits in quite the same way. The third is one of anticipation of what new things God will accomplish in the days ahead in this and other places. In anticipating the future, I hold on to Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Proverbs 3:21–26:

Dear friend, guard clear thinking and
common sense with your life;
don’t for a minute lose sight of them.

They’ll keep your soul alive and well,
they’ll keep you fit and attractive.

You’ll travel safely,
you’ll neither tire nor trip.

You’ll take afternoon naps without a worry,
you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep.

No need to panic over alarms or surprises,
or predictions that doomsday’s just
around the corner.

Because God will be right there with you;
he’ll keep you safe and sound.

+ Merlin Call is the Chair Emeritus and 50-Year member of Fuller’s Board of Trustees