surpriseHave you ever wondered what it is that God wants you to do in a given situation?  Why you aren’t hearing him?

Sometimes, I think the moment isn’t right to receive an answer.  Other times, I wonder if we aren’t being open enough to hear him.

I am on the committee working to hire a new pastor for my church. The first thing we had to do was fill out the paper work that candidates looking for a job in our presbytery would see. That meant 15 or so detailed pages about our community, our church, and our mission. What does God want us to do?

Amazingly, we all agreed on one thing.  God doesn’t want us to continue doing the same old same old.  The time is ripe for change.  We need to come up with new ways to interact with and serve our changing community.

Yay!  We got so excited when we realized that we all agreed.  God wants us to change.

Then we stared at each other. How does he want us to change? Who does he want to lead us?

Wow.  Now is the time for us to trust.  Now is the time for us to be open to God’s surprises in our lives.

It sure isn’t easy.  I find myself inching forward, fighting the urge to look back over my shoulder to the old ways, the comforting ways and the ways that are familiar.

Stepping through the gate before me is going to take some guts, but I have the comfort of knowing that I’m not walking alone.  He is leading me if I will only follow.