My last two posts were on “taking action”.
As I wrote about taking action I was also realizing that in my life i do not take action many times like I should. It’s like those moments before you finally get out of bed in the morning. You think “I cannot get out from under these blankets…” and then you start to think “But, I have to do __________ and __________ today.” You then realize unless you get up you will be behind and something may go unaccomplished. So, you TAKE ACTION and get up!
Over the past 16 months, my life has continually been a roller coaster. Basically, a roller coaster for my whole family. 21 years, 4 months, and 1 day ago my family joined with a few other families and planted a church in our home town. It has been quite the journey, to say the least. A LOT of high points and a few low points as well. As the seasons changed over these past 16 months our church decided to move into a different location, cut some things back, and transition our pastors to bi-vocational (these changes being best for Harvest Church). Through all of the changes my father resigned and moved on back in September. I stayed around, knowing that my season wasn’t quite over. But, I knew it was time to “buckle up” and start praying more, fasting, and seeking the Lord like never before. In the midst of my seeking He continued to tell me to stay for a bit… then a couple of weeks ago it became clear the Lord was telling me that this season was over for me [one day I will share the questions God told me to ask myself in making this decision]. It was difficult, exciting, scary, and sad. My whole life (well 21/26 years of it) has been wrapped up in the ministry of Harvest Church/LOHBC*. Every minute of it, was worth it. My family loved ministering at Harvest Church. It brought much joy to our lives, but at times brought great sorrow as well… such is the life of good worthwhile seasons of life.
I say all of that to say, I do not know what God has planned next. But, I know it is good. He has given me some glimpses, and I am thankful for that. But, nevertheless, we follow! I continue to seek the Lord, to ask Him to search my heart, to fast and pray, to love and serve others, and to care for the forgotten. I know that this next season is going to be one for the history books [I know the saying goes “one for the record books”… I changed it :)], just as this past season was.
I have 2 more weeks at Harvest Church as the worship & creative arts pastor and cannot wait to see how those weeks unfold. I can’t wait to see how the future of Harvest Church unfolds after the transition in January. God is working in great ways. Some times (maybe many times) it is through storms, trials, and a little discomfort. But, through it all, we grow, our character is matured, and we are able to persevere all the more.
I am thankful for my past 4 1/2 years on staff at HC and for the 21 years my life was wrapped up in that beautiful faith family. I am also thankful for what is next. God is good. He is good through the steady, through the tumultuous, and through our many changing seasons. He is ALWAYS good!
* “LOHBC”- former name of Harvest Church, Lord of the Harvest Baptist Church