Summer. I always get excited for summer. It is a time of change. Change of season and routine. A chance to regroup and plan and prepare for things to come.
Our summers typically include a small gathering of some sort. It might be a Bible study, or book group, or simple fellowship opportunities. It is also the time that our ministry team takes to pray, plan, and prepare for the upcoming church year of ministry. There is this excitement and anticipation of change in the air – New Things to Come. There is rest.
That’s what our summer typically looks like. But this won’t be a typical summer. Indeed, it has not been a typical year.
There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says,
“Man plans, God laughs.”
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” – Proverbs 16:9
The reality is, even with the best of plans, we must remain flexible to follow where God leads. Very often it doesn’t look like what we thought it would – even under the most typical of circumstances.
So this summer, as you figure out the “how to’s” of your Bible studies, book groups, simple fellowship, or any other means of connecting and ministering:
1. Be flexible.
2. Be open to new things.
3. Be willing to think outside the box.
4. Be ready to see the new things that God is doing.
This summer, He is already doing new things. Has He declared them to you yet? I am excited to see and hear what He is going to do. In conclusion, keep praying and planning. Be prepared, but be flexible. Be ready for those New Things to Come.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you. Isaiah 42:9
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