As the summer begins to wind down, I’m left reflecting on the coming autumn. Fall has always been associated with fresh starts and new journeys. It’s the ‘back to school’ time of year and when most programs launch. This is the time of year where I have often grabbed on to an opportunity and followed it as far as I could.
Seasons are constantly changing and unfortunately, we don’t always enjoy every one of them. Some of us like warmer weather while some of us come alive in the chill of winter. This also goes for the seasons of our lives.
Our seasons and opportunities are constantly changing and they’re generally completely out of our control. God opens doors and closes others and sometimes this feels great. Sometimes he’ll open the doors we want him to and we can pursue an opportunity in ministry that we have desired. Other times, he closes the doors we’ve been praying to open and he points us in a direction we’re unfamiliar with. It’s extremely difficult to go out of our comfort zone into an area we’re alien to. Fear often breeds in the unknown and doing something we don’t really want to is never easy.
As the people of God, we need to become good at changing positions to where we’re needed and where we’re called. This is especially true for leaders. At this point in my life, I’ve been called to do something that I’ve always been terrified of doing: leading people. God closed so many doors and pushed me into this direction and I was scared out of my mind. I still am a lot of the time, but I am present in the place where God has put me. My nervousness has made me very reliant on God to mould me into whatever he needs and I know that what he needs may change in the future.
Every opportunity in the church is important and valuable and everyone has work to do.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV
Patrick Shay, Worship Director