The 3 big tasks this week are all because of 3 huge causes for celebration Sunday.
- We need to expand our downstairs space – because we had 21 kids in the house!
- We need a safer way up to the front door than our brick steps – because all generations joined us for worship!
- We need to adapt sound to be in 4 rooms – because every bit of the main floor was overflow!
So conundrum? Yes. Celebration? YES!
And isn’t that the case with all the greatest transitions in life? Whatever transition you’re facing, can you see the celebration alongside the conundrum?
WHAT ARE YOUR CONUNDRUMS?
If you’re transitioning kids to school, discovering a new change of job, struck with a new diagnosis.
The conundrums are real.
As are the celebrations.
HOW DO YOU FIND CELEBRATION?
School transitions rise up prayers of blessing that they’re open. Job changes offer space for reflection on this season of life. Diagnosis leads to procedural options.
God doesn’t expect us to blow up balloons and have a party every time things get hard. AND yet, he does encourage us to fix our eyes on him; to ask for and expect his provision; to practice gratitude rather than complaining. He knows what is good for our soul.
We meditated and talked through Hebrews 11:1-3 as we opened a series about Trust Issues this weekend. See if this resonates with you,
When we feel dragged down by the conundrums, the emphasis might be on what we hoped for… but it hasn’t happened yet; or on what we aren’t seeing… and feel like we never will.
Trust in God, faith, is living sure of what we hope for; certain of what we can’t see. That’s not talking about winning the lottery, it’s talking about the hope that God is good. That he will come through on his promises. That we can’t see him but he’s real.
TRUST IS THE SOURCE OF CELEBRATION IN CONUNDRUMS.
The ancient people can be called people of faith not because they received in this life what they’d been promised, but because they lived in the trusting anticipation that God would make good on it, either in this life or the one to come (my paraphrase of Hebrews 11:13).
So if the conundrums feel weightier than the celebrations, just know you’re not the first. AND the conundrums don’t have to keep you in the doldrums. You can celebrate and anticipate God’s resolution. In his time. I certainly do.
And we’ll figure out how to make space for more on Sundays. Come work out trust issues with us. See you Sundays at 11am at 703 Kitsap St!