Jesus is still giving us the same challenges today. Christ will always be an up-setter of the status quo because Christ is always calling us to new ground. Christ is always doing a new thing in our lives because he is continually helping us see new realities. (From Pastor Randy's September 2 Sermon)
From Pamela: Wow, isn't that the truth. The more closely we follow Jesus, and the more fervently we pray for God's guidance, the more possibilities we see. It really is an adventure into unknown territory.
It seems that the more we step out into the unknown, the more dependent we become upon Christ to calm our fears, and empower our discipleship. Then, as we become comfortable with the way thing are, Jesus approaches and we begin to notice the "more" that might happen. We are most dependent upon Christ, I think, when we are challenging ourselves and one another to stretch beyond what is totally familiar. If the "new" plan falls flat, perhaps it wasn't God's will -- but God uses our failures to gather us closer together in the hope for new life, new vision, and strengthened relationships in Christ. If the "new" plan is a homerun, we can celebrate with praise and thanksgiving, knowing that before too long God will call us again to yet another "new thing."
Remember that prayer we prayed for months during our transition process?
"Oh God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
Perhaps the truth is that we are always in transition -- it's just that we only notice it from time to time!