For some time now we as a family have been facing change, looking to the future to try and discover God’s next move, if there was a move, where in the Kingdom he wants us, what plans he has for us. It has been a very long and sometimes difficult discernment process.
Yesterday it was announced that Tim (my hubby) will be leaving our St. Paul’s community to take on the position of Rector (Senior Pastor) at Little Trinity in downtown Toronto. This is an exciting time in the life of our family but also I feel in the lives of the people we love so much at St. Paul’s. The timing it seems is completely in God’s hands and I am so excited to see what he has in store for the people of St. Paul’s.
When Tim and I were dating he told me once that he had a real heart for the church of Little T, so it does not surprise me that God has called him up as their new leader. I am excited for Tim, for Little T and for the Kingdom as I see God making moves for change and growth.
This time of change is both exciting as well as a time for grieving. The St. Paul’s community was my first church home in Toronto, my first real community after living in Austria, we were married there and started our family there. The people of St. Paul’s have walked us through some difficult times, seen us through some of the toughest years of our lives and saying goodbye is difficult on many levels. My consolation is that we are remaining in Toronto and these people we love so much will remain a part of our lives.
As I have watched the St. Paul’s community grow in numbers over the last 6 years I have been amazed at God’s hand in their lives, but more than numbers I have been touched by the depth and growth in the lives of these wonderful people. I have no doubts that God is alive and working in this church family. They are so full of love for God’s Kingdom and because I know this, I know that the changes they are about to undergo will bring them even deeper, even stronger in their faith and that the end result will be a more faithful, even more beautiful work in the bigger picture. Saying goodbye to two of their leaders (Tim and Jenny) will be challenging but I also know that they are under the powerful and wonderful leadership of Barry Parker, a man who can lead them powerfully into their future, into God’s plan for them. I have complete faith that God has a plan for them and I am excited for them.
Change is never easy, it’s hard and it’s at the times of change in our lives that we have to lean solely on God to see us through. We (Tim and I) will face challenges, as will all the people of both St. Paul’s and Little T, but in the end it is God who is our leader. It is God who is our High Priest and with his as our ultimate hope we cannot lose. He will guide us all, He will see us through, and when it’s all said and done His Kingdom will flourish if we choose to trust Him as we march forward into this new future awaiting us.
May we all find peace and hope. May the days and months ahead lead to fuller understanding of His mighty plans for us, may we all dare to find the strength he offers as we face these changes together, as brothers and sisters working for His glory.