Layity Reflection Change: Something to Fear or Embrace? Carolyn Moe Graduate, School for Lay Ministry
May 17, 2013
The topic of “Change” is especially fresh in my mind as I write this week. We just were privileged to honor the 2013 graduates from our church this morning at a breakfast and during church. I can still remember the excitement and nervous feelings that event held in my life, and it is repeated each year as another class ends one era in their lives and moves forward to a new beginning. The scripture read was Jeremiah 29:11-13, “11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” Through Jeremiah, God was telling the captives in Babylon that he had already planned for their future. Likewise, God has planned for our futures, too. We all come to places in our lives where the future is uncertain. It is that way for me right now. With the sale of Gifts of Grace I will be beginning a new chapter in my life, as will Deb Osborn, who will follow me to serve you and as Bearden’s did before me. We do best when we follow Jeremiah’s message to call out to God in prayer and then listen and wait for His answer. Each time we face a change: a graduation, a change in jobs, a death or divorce in the family, or even the blessing of the birth of a child or grandchild, our life momentum changes. We can let it upset us and seem like a disaster, or trust that the plan, which God has for us, will be infinitely better than any we could foresee. Congressman Jerry Moran, quoted in the book Graduation Moments put it this way: Our small voice tells God, “I don’t know where we’re going.” And God answers: “We’re going forward, into the future I have shaped for you.” “But I don’t know where that is.” And God answers, “I do, let’s go.” “But I am afraid.” And God says, “Of course you are. Any sensible person would be. Let’s go.” And we say, “But can I do all that is given to me to do?” And God says, “I have made you; I am with you to the end. Take my hand. Let’s go.” My prayer for you is that you will walk each day with God’s plan going before you. Take His hand and make the next change one step at a time as he reveals it. You will be blessed!
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