Some of you who follow me on twitter, FB or this blog, know that I recently accepted a new ministry position with Fellowship Bible Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I am thrilled to a part of a leadership team who love God, love people, love each other, and want to see the gospel proclaimed throughout the local area and the world.
But, transitions are never easy. They are hard! even brutal sometimes. We often want life to be so easy and simple and yet, I’m reminded in Scripture that carrying our crosses is not supposed to be easy. Suffering and perseverance, develop us to be more like Jesus. It softens us in the areas we need to soften and hardens us where we need to become rock solid.
One of my struggles has been that I left my family back in PA to begin office hours at the new church. We are such a tight family that leaving was brutal to my emotions. (yes, I’m one of those guys who even cry at times) I hated leaving them, but knew that I needed to get up to my new church family and begin leading. This is my little “cross” to bear and through a lot of emotions the past couple days, I woke up this morning with a peace. A peace about God’s faithfulness and provision.
Our God is so trustworthy and so often we just don’t really trust him. I wrestled with this truth last night, as we have struggled to find a home in the new area. Part of our problem is financial and we are waiting on an underwriter to give us pre approval for a home loan and we have to sell our home in PA. My wife found a job here in OH but, can’t start until we have a home and we get moved. So we spun round and round trying to find a place to rent, buy, or even rent to own! WOW! it became a VORTEX of CONFUSION! (to coin the weather buzzword!) After several calls to friends to get perspective and walking 2 miles around the parking lot of the church, I began to see clearer.
This transition time is a time to sit back and watch God work on my behalf. He promises that he will take the “yoke” and make my burdens lighter but I need to stay in the yoke walking next to him. Meaning: I need to stop trying so hard and just focus on what He called me to do here and now. (HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST!) In my devotions this morning I ran across Psalms 34:16 “The lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” What a great promise. God loves us so much that he will not hold back. But, we as followers of Jesus need to do our part, seek him! rest in him! share him with others!
I am stopping my house search, I’m stopping my worry about how the job situation and transition will work. I am going to let go and let God!
Transitions are never easy but, they are great learning opportunities to see where we can grow and develop what we need to serve the King!
What is your transition through life really like? What can you let go of and let God?