After graduating from seminary, I found myself in a new city and in a new home unpacking a stack of moving boxes. As I started settling into my new home I began to wonder, “What’s next for me?” Not really being in a posture of prayer when asking this, what I heard next surprised me… ‘Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.’ (Is 43:19)
Initially that sounded exciting, but then all of sudden fear gripped me. I thought, “what does that mean?” I mean I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do next and where I wanted to be, but it didn’t include anything too radical or too new. I’m the kind of a person that thrives on structure and knowing what’s next, so the idea of “something new” was too mysterious and vague for me. When I was wondering, “What’s next?” I was thinking more along the lines of which job will I interview for? What grocery store will I use? Will I like my new neighbors? Will they like me? But intuitively I knew God had something more in mind and that it would dramatically different than anything I was thinking about. It’s funny how God always has a way of exceeding our expectations.
So after living in Minneapolis for several months and working as a youth coordinator at a local community center an unexpected opportunity presented itself. I was approached and asked about planting a church with the Evangelical Covenant Church. And while my initial response was one of apprehension, I immediately knew that this was my “something new”. My “something new” involved something I’d never done, something many people don’t want to do, and something that even fewer women ever do! I guess when God tells you “something new,” He really does mean “something new!”
And before I had a chance to think about it I said, yes! Which was immediately followed by a feeling of, what did I just get myself into? So before I knew it, I found myself waist deep in one of the most rewarding and challenging ministry experiences I’ve ever had and I haven’t looked back since.
I now know that whenever God presents “something new” to you, it will probably be beyond your capacity, your experience, your know how, and even your ability, but where God guides, God provides. He makes roads in the wilderness and provides refreshment in dry places.
What’s your “something new”? Whatever it is, embrace it and run with it. God will exceed your expectations!