Trusting God through disappointments

Vicar Jamie-

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 When we are faced with disappointment today, it can sometimes be difficult for us to see the hope of tomorrow. It can be difficult to see through the cloud of disappointment and know which way is the best way forward. When we place our trust in God, God can bring us through to the other side of disappointment to something new and joyful. In November of 2019 I was faced with the disappointment of being “Postponed” rather than “Endorsed” by the synod candidacy committee. In December, I met with a small panel of the committee and they recommended that I spend time with a congregation that was not my home congregation for further “Field Education” to help further the formation of my pastoral identity. This recommendation was approved by the full committee in February 2020. And then before we knew it COVID-19 shut everything down. Another disappointment that was initially difficult to see through. But I pushed forward, calling and emailing my contact at the synod for updates. In early June, I received the news that Pr. Jerry had agreed to be my “Field Ed” supervisor. After our initial Zoom meeting, I knew that God had indeed blessed me and made my path straight. A situation that had begun as a disappointment, bloomed instead as a tremendous blessing. Working with Pastors Jerry and Suzanne has been a time of growth as well as great joy! What disappointments are you dealing with today? We all experience times in our lives when, because of our disappointments, we don’t understand why we are where we are. But when we place our trust in God, giving all that we do to God, God can bring us to the other side of disappointment - sometimes in the most unexpected ways - to where joy is waiting.  Blessings, Vicar Jamie


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