Bro. Jason's Blog
|Posted by Jason on February 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM|
When writing my last blog on January 13th I was about to transition from one church to another as Pastor. I was preparing to preach a trial sermon in Norwood Ohio on January 25th. The blog was about following Jesus and the word transition or change. Today, February 17th I find myself living in Cincinnati, leading a wonderful group of people at New Bethel Baptist Church and praying for God's strength, guidance and wisdom as I walk in this new day.
The word new carries with it the idea of something being fresh, unfamiliar and even strange. When I think of my transition to Norwood as being new and fresh I think of how my eyes are seeing some things for the first time. This landscape is all fresh to me.....its new. Unfamiliar? Absolutely, Bro. Jason is not in Kansas anymore! New streets to learn, new routines, new living arrangements, new everything...and I'm good with it all. In fact, God has already put a new love in my heart, a love for the people of Norwood. For the Tennessee people that read this, I still love you and thank God for you.....but now, as God has moved me to Cincinnati, I have even more people that love me and my family and more people for us to love. There are also new faces to encounter for God's glory, people like Jenn and Carolyn at Skyline Chili and a lady named Mary that I met at Kroger. If me and my family had said no to change and transition, I would have missed out on those opportunities.
New can also mean that something is strange to us. Today's morning temperature was 1...and snow everywhere....that is new to me and yes, very strange. But this is a new day, and new days bring with them experiences that are fresh, unfamiliar and strange. The result of walking into a new day is the opportunity to experience the grace of God and to trust God at a deeper level. Today, in this new day, I choose to trust the Lord with whatever comes my way.....the blessings and the challenges, today I embrace them both with open arms and thank God for the opportunity to serve Him.
All of this might be new to me but not to God.
"That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun". Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV