July 8, 2018
Normally going into a blog post I have an idea what I want to say…not 100% the case today.
As I was running on 4th of July this past week, it was a good run, best pace I’ve had in a while (remember I need walk breaks, I’m 5 1/2 months Prego) less aches and pains; but I ran through the park where we had Simon’s first birthday party and as his 6th birthday is approaching this week, it made me think of the different seasons of life.
I hate change. I hate my kids out growing clothes and new milestones and grade levels, and even birthdays. I always say I wish I could just freeze time. It’s hard to think that they’ll (my kids) never be this little again. With pregnancy hormones, just thinking about stuff like this lately has me in tears. Oy.
But as I ran on the 4th, I was reminded of what a former co-worker and special friend (who still holds a special place in my heart) used to always tell me, ‘there’s a season for everything and there are always things to enjoy in each season.’ She is right…but it doesn’t make change any easier for me.
But it’s inevitable…not just with our kids growing up but life in general, as I was reminded today. People come and go in your life, sometimes employment changes, and pastors change… unfortunately. We were so saddened to hear the news in church today that our pastor and family, who we so very much love and appreciate, have been called to another church. ….I understand, I get it, it’s God’s calling and what they should do, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
My husband and I are very grateful for all the changes, improvements, and growth they’ve guided our church through. I’m sure the majority would agree and I hope they know the impact they’ve made on each and every one of us. My husband and I renewed our vows last summer after going through a lot of growing together and strengthening our relationships with God and each other; Pastor Joe (and Michelle) were a huge part of this.
Still processing it…but understand, and know that God has plans for us and our church. Praying the next pastor will be just as honest, relatable, and diligent in spending time with God, bringing his word to us and helping/challenging us to grow the way Pastor Joe did.
But I’m still allowed to feel it stinks at the moment!