It’s weeks like this where I am reminded that life is never static. Just when things get cozy or you develop some sort of pattern, things find a way of changing. People move, jobs end, kids grow up, life happens. And it’s these periods of transition that I think really define us as people, because often these are the times when we have to grow. We don’t have the option to remain the same, we have to change.
Our church seems to be one major change after the other lately. And it’s been really stressful, and really difficult. and yet for the most part really healthy. There are some changes that are sad, some people leaving that disrupts plans or really shake things up. But how we respond to these changes are important. Are we going to be afraid, nervouse, paralyzed but fear. Or are we going to look at our God and say, you’re Big and you’re in charge, I’m going to trust you for the next step, for the next person, for the next challenge, for the next opportunity.
I’m leaving Cutter & Buck. Today is my last day, and I’m really excited to transition back into one job with the church. This is the first job that I’m leaving where I will really miss working here with these people. But I am excited to be able to work full steam ahead for the church. In the midst of all the changes that are going on I really can’t afford to have my brain split in two different directions. I need to have my time back to one schedule.
I have been praying like crazy lately that my new focus will pay off. I feel bad for the months that I have been stretched so thin, there have been things that I have been unable to do, and things that have been neglected just so I can get done what needs to be done, so I am glad to get back in the saddle and ride.
I’m sure that there will be many more transitions that I will have to face, and I’m sure that I will be challenged, stressed and bummed out about some, but I need to always be excitied and eager to see where these transitions are going to take us.
Crazy times, but I have a God who brings peace.
I love my first Senior Pastor Joe Fuiten, for always saying the same prayer at the beneditction of each service, I’ll close with the quote:
“And now I pray that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will rest and abide with us all, both now and forevermore. Amen.”