Transitions are hard. Transitions mean change and change can be hard to accept, especially when things are seemingly going well. For example, a move for a job that you really wanted but that also means leaving behind friends, coworkers, and your “normal.” There are good things to come, but even though there is the potential for so much good, there is no doubt still grief in the process.
I think if we’ve learned anything over the past two years is that really, there is no “normal.” Or at least, we have learned that everyone’s “normal” is unique to them. We’ve all been barraged by changes and transitions since March 2019. We’ve lost loved ones, jobs, even our ability to go to the store “normally.” It feels like we can’t take one more change, and yet here we are transitioning into 2022.
In 2022, Jacob and I are transitioning into the lead pastorate here at Gamerco. There are several changes here: Pastor John, who has been beloved here for 15 years has taken the opportunity to retire. Jacob and I are young and new to ministry. I am a woman pastor. We do not take any of these facts lightly. These are big changes for this church. We recognize that Gamerco has a long and labored history. It has had its successes and it has also gone through many hard times. We are sure that God has called us to this and will guide us through it, but recognize that our congregation is possibly wary of this transition, and with good reason given their history and our newness to it all.
So, transitions are hard. But, God.
There is always, always, always a but God.
But God brings hope when we can’t see a way through.
But God means ashes aren’t the end of our story.
But God says God, not our circumstances, always gets the last word.
BUT GOD can take control over our transitions and make them not so scary and difficult.
God is a redeemer. He doesn’t just redeem us for himself, he redeems our stories for himself. He redeems all things offered to him. This is my offering of this transition of leadership and new era of the Gamerco Church or God to our redeemer. This transition, that the enemy could use to try to steal, kill, and destroy- God intends for good and will use for good.
There are over 30 instances of “But God” in Scripture. in each, God is taking a difficult situation and turns it for his good.
Genesis 50:20 (ESV) As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Jonah 2:6 (NLT) I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!
Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Acts 3:15 (NIV) You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.
2 Timothy 2:9 (NLT) And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.
When we are God’s, Satan never triumphs. This is our declaration that God is in control of this transition and of our leadership. We firmly believe that we have been called to serve here in Gamerco. We want to grow the fellowship and create strong disciples who go out and disciple others. We will not let Satan win and we pray for each person currently in our fellowship that they can find peace in this transition and for those who we will impact as we continue to learn and grow.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. [Psalm 86:15 NIV]