“The courage of living is – to take risks, to fail, to get up, and to try again. Try again differently.” ~ Naide P. Obiang
Starting over is scary, isn’t it?
Whether it’s been a short time since a ministry transition occurred or a very long time, change is hard. I’ve been there several times. We are currently in our fifth ministry position and it’s not always easy.
People get annoyed, frustrated, mad, leave the church, or cause interpersonal conflicts. The COVID-19 crisis created a number of new, exciting ministry opportunities but also resulted in at least double the amount of work for my husband and a mountain of new challenges for me to navigate at home with our children. I’ll readily admit: my husband and I are tired. It’s exhausting trying to keep in mind that the only opinion that matters is God’s.
Change comes easily to some people, but not to others. Yet when it comes to completely restarting-from-scratch, everyone finds it intimidating.
I think, if we know that God is moving us on and has us beginning “all over again,” then He also has a good plan and He knows the future far better than us (I mean this in general because we are very grateful for our church family and are excited to be settled here for many years to come). Some may say it’s blind faith, but it really is trusting He has our best in mind, which ultimately is our conformity to the image of Christ. As Prof Howard Hendricks often remarked to seminary students (one of them being my husband), “Change is the calling of every Christ-follower!”
Yet the journey of starting and restarting, launching and relaunching can be painful, arduous, and downright confusing.
He will still be there.
But God is paving our course through the changing seasons of life. So, I must choose moment by moment to believe He is guiding and working in me through autumn, winter, and…again spring. He will still be there.
As the beautiful old hymn states, it really is “so sweet to trust in Jesus”.
“You will keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
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