[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] This week we have experienced changes in our ministry. There are staffing changes, program changes, new policies to implement. It doesn’t mean that God has changed His mind or decided that He didn’t like plan “A” of the ministry, so He decided to give plan “B” a try. It simply means that we were going in one direction and now we have had to turn around and regroup a bit. This is not that we are losing progress but actually gaining it. It allows us to examine ourselves, to seek the heart of God, and find out what His plans for the future are. It ensures that we are not running the show, but that we are surrendered to His will above all else. It gives us the opportunity to be on the Potter’s wheel and allow Him to continue to mold and transform us more into His image.
We will hold loosely to every person, every project and vision- apart from Him. Holding loosely is not easy. Once we get our hands on something it is our human nature to hold on with all of our might. We see this in small children who grab a toy they think they want, and when another child or an adult takes it from them, the response is sheer and utter devastation. A storm of tears, screaming and perhaps stomping ensues. How sad though that many adults have not matured past this childish behavior. How many times do we stomp when God removes something from our hands? How many times do we whine and complain and cry because we were certain that what we held on to was a good thing, and God is taking it from us?
I know I have been guilty of this many times, and yet all the while God was removing something to protect me and to give me something better.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Cor. 13:11-12
C.S. Lewis once said: “If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
The road we were on came to an end, and we had to turn and go in another direction. It was a good run and God accomplished much. A season is gone and a new one begins. Next week will be interesting, and the weeks ahead as well.
The sorrow of things left behind is outweighed by the joy of what is ahead as we run after the Lord on this journey!
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