Funny thing about seasons – just as soon as you get use to a season, it changes.
There is a reason why the author of Ecclesiastes uses seasons as a metaphor for life: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Life is always turning and changing. Sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but life is always in motion. The only way we can experience the gifts of the future is to accept the changing from the old. It is also trusting the One who holds all seasons of time.
…a time to break down, and a time to build up…
When I left the pastorate at First Baptist Church of Augusta to work with Developmental Disabilities Ministries (DDM) I was responding to God’s changing of the season in my life, as well as the life of the church. This of course was not the first time that in order to say “yes” to my call, I have had to say goodbye to others.
Now the season is drawing to a conclusion with my work at DDM. I have accepted a position at Mercer University to work with the McAfee School of Theology and Penfield College as a Development Officer. This great institution labors to equip men and women in their service to God through changing lives and transforming communities, and as such it is a position I feel uniquely equipped to fulfill.
…a time to weep, and a time to laugh…
While I eagerly look forward to this new, emerging season, believing it is a part of God’s larger providential care, I look back with a full heart because I was given the privilege of working at DDM. The mission to empower individuals with developmental disabilities is a great work reflecting core values important to me. My heart is tender with the sadness of saying goodbye to a work that is very important to me.
…a time to mourn and a time to dance…
What I have discovered in my journey with DDM is that my teachers, my pastors, and my friends, are the residents who are the heart of the organization. I hope in the changing of your seasons you can enjoy their blessing too. While my formal role as executive director will change, my support and engagement with DDM will not. I believe in their work and I believe in their future. “Where Hope Lives” is not simply a slogan or a tagline. It is theology in praxis.
…a time to keep silence, and a time to speak…
Seasons come and go, but when we share in Kingdom work, our time is eternal.