Time Will Tell

Have you heard the phrase, "Only time will tell?" I have heard some of my family members share this phrase, especially when there was a difficult situation or a transition coming. Transitions are tough. Time can feel like it stops or it can feel like it speeds up. My family and I are experiencing a transition. We will be farewell to one ministry family and starting over with a new one.

Through this transition, I feel like I keep telling myself, "time will tell." Although, I do not believe this has been always a helpful phrase to tell myself. God's Word is something we all need to cling to, in a transition, and through changes. I am sure you have experienced a transition or two in your life, as well. The unknown becomes the thing we cling to.

Often, we can cling to the unknown in an unhealthy way. I am reminded about the great comfort God's Word gives. "The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:5b-6) Paul writes an encouragement to the church in Philippi as he is concluding his letter to them. I am sure there have been many times you have felt anxious. Whenever there are some heavy things on your heart and mind, the Words God gives us here is a great reminder. God, in His son Jesus, is with us! He wants us to reach out in prayer when things are getting us anxious, like transitions.

Time will certainly tell how this transition pans out for our family and the Good Shepherd Family. The good news in these transitions is Jesus is with us. In the midst of transition, Jesus is with us and gives us peace to endure it. Just read the following verse to Philippians 4:6, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7) Wow! Our challenges and transitions are nothing compared to the peace of God found in Jesus Christ.

May you find peace in Jesus during this transition! We all need to rest in His peace. Thank God Jesus entered our world in time, so we could have His peace! We want you to know two things before we leave Elgin- 1. We will miss you dearly! 2. Jesus loves and so do we!

In the peace of Jesus,

Pastor Andrew, Whitney and Jensen Howe

Posted November 1, 2018

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