“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’” (Genesis 12:1)
The United Methodist Church uses the practice of itinerating pastors. No one is exempt – if the Bishop and his/her Cabinet decide to appoint you to a new church, you go. These decisions are prayerfully made by imperfect people who serve a perfect God. Many of you know my husband is a pastor in The United Methodist Church, and it is with bittersweet feelings I share with you that he has been appointed to another church.
Receiving the call made me think of Abraham and Sarah and how they must have felt when God called them to pack up and leave. They had no idea where they were going – just “to the land that I will show you.” But they went, fully trusting that God was with them and would give them direction along the way. At least we were given an address to go to.
Aside from the actual moving part, we are excited about this new opportunity. Although change brings challenges, we know that we can’t grow if we don’t change. Joyce Meyer once said, “Don’t be afraid of changing; be more afraid of staying the same.” We look forward to what God has planned for us as we begin this new chapter in our lives.