The Master’s Call – Part 1

by Kevin on January 19, 2011

I answered the phone while sitting in the Denver airport waiting on my flight home. The caller asked if he was speaking with Pastor Kevin Weatherby and when I told him that he was indeed, he told me this was probably going to be the strangest phone call I’d ever received. You know, I think he was right.

Be Careful What You Pray For

The night before the strange phone call, my wife joked with me about moving to Colorado. I told her that it was way too cold for a skinny boy like me and that there was no way we’d move to a place that she’d never even been. She politely told me that she would pray for God to open a door for us in Colorado. I told her to go ahead and do that.

“Kevin,” the caller told me, “I’ve been prayin’ for two years that there be a Cowboy Church in my hometown of Elizabeth, Colorado. I found out about you and God told me that you are the man that’s supposed to be the pastor of it.”

My jaw hit the floor. People were starin’ at my shocked face.

“Is this some sort of joke?” I asked. I was thinking about the conversation I’d had with my wife about twelve hours previously.

“No, it’s not a joke,” Tom told me.

“Where is Elizabeth, Colorado?” I asked.

“It’s about thirty miles south of Denver” he said.

“That’s funny. I’m sitting in Denver right now.”

“Where exactly in Texas are you from?” Tom asked me. I thought it was strange that God told him I was to be the new preacher, but not where I was from.

“I’m from Coyanosa, Texas.”

“Where is that?”

“Do you know where Midland and Odessa is?”

“Sure I do. I’m sitting in Pecos, Texas right now on my way to pick up a horse. Is that close to Coyanosa?” Tom replied.

“You’re thirty miles from my home and I’m thirty miles from your home.” I picked my jaw back up for the second time in a couple of minutes. I am sure that God and the heavenly host were laughing hysterically at me.

The Phone Call To My Wife

“You are not gonna believe what I have to tell you honey!” I told Christie after I hung up with Tom. “. . .so this guy wants me to be the preacher at a cowboy church in Elizabeth, Colorado.”

“NO WAY!!!” she said.

“. . .Yeah, and I was sitting in Denver, thirty miles from Elizabeth and he called me from Pecos.”

“NO WAY!!!” she said.

“. . .Did you really pray for us to move to Colorado?” I asked.

“YES WAY!!!” (OK, so she really didn’t say that, but it was close.)

The Long Prayer

So begins my tale of how a cowboy from Coyanosa, Texas heard God’s call to Colorado. I told the Pecos County Cowboy Church that February 27, 2011 would be my last day and that my family and I were takin’ a leap of faith and moving to Colorado.

Most of the congregation have been supportive. I think they understood when I told them, “Every single Sunday I stand up here and tell y’all to follow God and make him first in your life. If I didn’t heed his call in my life right now, everything I have stood for would be meaningless.”

Please join with me over the next couple of articles and see how this cowboy is heeding God’s call.

P.S. Any of y’all out there in the Elizabeth, Colorado area and want to come to a new Cowboy Church?

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  • Carla Helms

    I’m not sure that I like the fact that you made me start off my morning bawlin’ like a baby, but I sure will be praying for y’all! Love you!

    • Kevin

      Thank you Carla. Not for cryin’, but for caring. This old campfire will still be burnin’ bright.

      • Carla Helms

        Don’t worry, it wasn’t much sad cryin’, mostly WOW, GOD cryin’!

  • Now THAT is intense. Will be praying for you Kevin!

    • Kevin

      It gets even better. Stay tuned and I appreciate the prayers of the righteous. They are powerful and very effective.

  • RED

    I am so excited for you both – and for the family. I’m doubly excited that my family LIVES in Elizabeth and that the possibility of uniting y’all to be blessings in each other’s lives is a month away. You and your family are an inspiration and a reminder that if we let God work His will, life really is something to write about. However sad I may be that you all will no longer be in west Texas, that there won’t be any more drive-by lunches in Ft. Stockton, and that I won’t see you on my trips to Alpine, I couldn’t think of a better place for you and the family. I look forward to seeing you all in May when we come to Elizabeth.

    Blessings Brother…love y’all!!!

    RED

    • Kevin

      Thanks Red! As I mentioned on Twitter, stay tuned for #3 or #4. You’re the star of that story!

  • Kari Ivey

    Kevin, You know how proud we are of you and that makes me miss you and the family even more. Everytime I read or hear your story I am very shocked and can hear the silence that went over the church last Sunday! Thats when You know people are listening to you!!! I will continue to support every move you make with God. you have not only set an example of how to follow your heart when God is pushing you from behind, you have prepared us for the future. Thanks Kevin, you are a wonderful person.

    • Kevin

      The day you hugged my neck outside of the coliseum was the first day that I really felt like God was using me. Your words that day and these words here will remain in my heart the rest of my life. Thanks so much Kari!!

      I look forward to spending eternity eating your ribs and brisket!!

  • Don Coyote

    Better get some sunglasses, I understand Colorado is actually GREEN, as in GREEN GRASS, for parts of the year. Got fat cows too, I think the stockin’ rate is 4 or 5 au/per ACRE as opposed to 1 fer every 10,000 acres.

    • Kevin

      I won’t believe it until I see it!! And I can’t wait.

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  • Candace Edwards

    I’m so sad and I don’t know what were gonna do without ya’ll! πŸ™

    • Kevin

      Y’all are gonna grow and get along just fine. You won’t miss us too much. You’ll be in Colorado way too often visiting us.

  • wow….see what happens when you pray? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Wonderful things. It will be neat to see how guide guides you and your family on this journey. I’ve never been to Colorado either…one of my sweet blogger friends lives there. She says it’s gorgeous. Greetings from Oregon, Heather πŸ™‚

  • Marge Hammond

    Kevin how wonderful for you and family! Hope you are still going to continue on facebook, your saying etc are so meaningful to me, I even use them on my page, hope you dont mind. When you are following Gods request you are going the right way! Marge from Lone Oak, TX

    • Kevin

      Everything will continue on Facebook and here on the website. Thanks so much for your long time support!!!

  • Tom Boyle

    I can’t begin to tell you how God moves through those who a willing to step out in faith and do what he ask. This is a very blind leap of faith for Kevin and Family. I think God had to scream at them to get this done. I was just the vessel he used. We are blessed to have our new Pastor and Family moving here there is a drought here and its time Living Water Started to flow. It will not be a easy task. But, it will be a Labor of Love. God made it so easy. He provided a place ,a time, and the people. Miracles never cease to Amaze me. I see them all the time. Jesus, What a wonderful savior you are.

  • Hey buddy,

    I am getting caught up on my reading.

    I pray that you will have a smooth transition. I know this is an exciting time for you and the family. I will be praying for you as your new adventure unfolds.

    • Kevin

      You know just what to say Larry. A smooth transition would be an awesome answered prayer. I know you’ll be prayin’ and I look forward to workin’ with you on the 28th of February.

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