As a Christian, a follower of Christ, like most I have gone through many seasons. Seasons where I have followed God and seasons where I have been disobedient. Seasons of fear and doubt and seasons of strength and confidence. So today is no different. I find myself and my ministry at a crossroads. I have had several doors shut on me. From issues with my church (reducing singles ministry programming that will eventually kill the the ministry itself) to speaking engagements cancelled (for a variety of reasons that are not personal to me) to deaths of friends, to family members divorcing, etc.
I feel like I am in this river and the water is flowing and then out of no where there is this huge rock that shoots me in another direction. And this rock wasn't in the water to begin with—the enemy through it in—and as these rocks are coming in front of me I am having to dodge and re-focus to get back on track with the flow of the river. Then all of a sudden the river changes without any reason or purpose (to me) but because we know rivers do change due to all kinds of reasons (from a geological stand point), we have to go with it. We can't just stop and say I want to back on the course I was on—I liked it—it was easy—I knew my way. This new way is unknown territory—what if—what if?? We have to trust that the new route was the better path for the river so that the river lives.
God created the rivers to keep flowing and sometimes he changes the route, even severely, even strangely, even what appears to be going upside down to protect the river, to protect the flow, to protect the life that is in the river.
I know his path is better. I know he knows what is ahead. I know he knows what I am going to face. I know he loves me and is protecting me. I know. But I am also thinking of when the water(falls). Yikes. :-)
So yes, I am in another season. A season where despite my pleading with God for answers of where were are going there are none. God keeps telling me to focus on what is in front of me. Focus on this day as each day as enough problems of its own—each river has enough rocks of it's own. And trust him that he made the river, he made you and me and he still directs the path of us both.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV
Kris Swiatocho, Director
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