Changes happening all around us - we have even, finally, made it to summer! I have lived in Texas so the heat doesn't bother me, in fact I kind of like it, but the humidity is enough to keep me inside. Thankfully, this year it is a good thing to stay inside. There are still a LOT of boxes to unpack! I've gone through, and gotten rid of, a lot of things but there are still a lot of boxes. The transitions, from the other parsonage - to this one, the other appointment - to this one, starting the new ministry - to having more time to work on/with the new ministry. all take time and need to be worked through.
The Scripture readings, this morning, are God calling Samuel (1 Samuel 3) and Jesus calling Philip and Nathanael (John 1). These readings are also speaking of transitions and changes. We are told in 1 Samuel 3:1 "In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions." Nathanael actually asks Philip "could anything good come from Nazareth?" (John 1:46) But, in all the cases -- Samuel following God and the "new" disciples following Jesus, the decision for the change is made.
The transition, the work toward the change, is what we are looking at now. Samuel, learning and growing (literally - he is a young man when this starts) and the disciples learning and strengthening their faith. None of it is easy, all of it takes time and all of it requires strengthening our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
So.... where are you? Have you made the choice for the change? Has it been made for you? Are you ready to strengthen your relationship with God? Emmanuel! God WITH us through all the changes and challenges.