I am as convinced as ever that God has a sense of humor. As a United Methodist minister, I am in covenant with our Bishop to itinerate, or to go where I am sent. But I never expected to get a phone call during the first week of October. Never. But it happened, and we will be leaving GCUMC and moving to FaithBridge UMC in Blowing Rock beginning January 1. That announcement can be found here. As you can imagine, our lives are sort of upside down right now as there are a lot of details that we are having to trust God to work out. Such as selling our house in Greensboro, finding a decent place to live in Watauga County, Jenny having to leave her job in High Point, leaving behind our community that we love dearly and transplanting our family to a new community. All by January 1.
Yet as easy as it would be to get caught up and stressed out over these details, we find ourselves experiencing not anxiety but peace. I think it is because we are sensing God’s presence. Or maybe God’s humor. Or perhaps both.
A little over a month ago Jenny and I prayed that God would remove some roadblocks in our lives that were causing us to not feel as close to God as we had before. We knew that God wanted us to trust Him more, so we prayed that. The whole time thinking that if God answered our prayer, it would be through small changes we needed to make. But that’s not how God works. God is not a small-timer. God has a sense of humor. And a month later the phone rang.
When I read the Bible, I see normal (or often less-than-normal) people stepping out in faith to go where God has called them to go. Often times, like for Isaiah or Abraham, they don’t know the details of what that is going to look like. They only know the way of obedience. Jenny and I don’t know what our future at FaithBridge is going to look like, or how all of the details are going to get worked out in this transition, but we know the way of obedience. So we are stepping out in faith, laughing with God as we go where He has called us to go.
[I explained some of this in more detail in a sermon from October 14, which can be found here once it gets uploaded.]