Today marks the start of a brand new and exciting chapter of my life. For many years now (approx 10 years) I have been serving God. Not long after meeting God for the first time and deciding to serve Him, I dedicated myself to His service wholeheartedly. I determined that everything that I did from that moment on would be in service to Him.
Not long after that I felt that God was calling me into full time ministry in some shape or form. How or what, I wasn’t sure, but I felt a definite call to do this.
A number of years went by with me serving God as vigorously as I could, waiting for the opportunity to make the move into full time ministry, but for a long time, it didn’t come. I didn’t let go of the plan to go into full time ministry, but I cannot deny that the thought left my mind a number of times and my ferver wained at times.
I started working “normal” jobs and planning my future – where I was going to go and what I was going to do as my career progressed. I didn’t have the most firm of plans – I sort of figured it out as I went along – but I kept moving forwards.
At the beginning of this year (2015) I prayed, asking God how I could make a way to go on a mission trip to Greece that the church had planned. My concern was that I didn’t have enough leave for the trip. I prayed and asked God, and I felt Him say to me: “resign”.
At the time I wasn’t certain if that was God or me, and so I didn’t act on it. But as time went on, I felt more and more compelled to investigate if this was my thought, or God’s instruction. I spent about 9 months of the year wrestling with this idea trying to figure out whether it was God talking or not. I eventually sort help from my senior pastor, Andy, and on his recommendation I spoke to a number of my friends and asked them to pray for me.
I started to have things clear up in my mind and I decided to take the step of faith and go into full time ministry, working for my local church, Renown Church. The step of faith was not so much the working for the church part, but more the fact that the church had no funds available to pay me while I worked there. And so I had to trust God to provide for me in some way.
The story of how God provided is still busy being written, and I will not pre-empt what God will do with what He has done so far – that will be the story of a later blog post. I will, however, say that I haven’t yet seen God’s full provision, but I am at complete peace about the fact that He will provide!
So what does any of this have to do with today in particular? Well, it’s simple: today is day 1 at my new job. Today is day 1 of my internship at Renown Church. I am thoroughly looking forward to what today, this week and the next year holds. It’s going to be an incredible new chapter of this adventure that we call life!