Yesterday, as I was giving the children’s message and out of the corner of my eye, I saw him list to the right. An elderly gentleman who was recovering from surgery passed out four rows from the front of the church. People behind and across from him instinctively caught him and lowered him to the middle of the aisle. What would you do?
What do you do when a critical event causes a course correction? What do you do when all eyes are on you to make a fast decision – one that is in the best interest of everyone? What do you do when you know that what is scheduled has just been thrown out the window and you don’t have a plan B?
Some leaders freeze up. Some ignore the situation on which everyone else is focused. For me, yesterday, I decided that the best interest served would be for the elderly gentleman to say immobile while the paramedics came. I decided to stop the service and instruct the rest of the shocked congregation to cluster up with others around them and pray. After the paramedics arrived and did a quick assessment, they helped him onto the movable gurney as members escorted his wife to the hospital. I continued the service, ignoring what was planned and moving on with public prayer for him, his wife and those who were treating our congregational brother.
Thankfully, by the time he arrived at the hospital, he was in good spirits, telling jokes and simply in need of hydration. After a quick check up, he returned home.
What do you do when you have no plan B?