When I started my grade 10 year, I hovered around the five foot marker in height.  I was always at the end of the “tallest to shortest” line in gym class and I struggled to see what was on the top shelf in my locker.  My parents aren’t that tall so I took comfort in the reality that I would forever be shopping in the kids’ section and not make the height requirement for the rides at Disneyland.  That was my height and I was OK with it, mostly because the girls thought I was “cute”.

Much to my surprise I grew a whole foot during that year.  I went from being the kid who was low to the ground to the awkward boy whose jeans were always too short.  The little coordination I had left meant that I could walk down the hall in a normal fashion but when I ran or put on skates I looked like Bambi when he walked on the ice.

It’s safe to say that I went through major changes that year and it wasn’t always a fun experience.  If you would have asked me in the middle of the growth spurt if “I was having fun” I would have answered you in a squeaky voice “No, not really…not at all!”.  It wasn’t fun but it was necessary.  It was necessary for me to go through that awkward stage so that my muscles could develop and get used to being bigger and stronger.    It wasn’t fun but it was necessary.

When I look at the ministry of MTC, lately there seems to be a lot of change.  We’re multiplying into the community of Riverbend by starting Mission Hill Church on November 1st and we’re seeing our much loved worship Pastor, Dwight Forseth, transition to become the worship Pastor of the Okotoks E-Free church.  These changes aren’t fun but they are necessary.  It will be difficult at times to walk, let alone run, but this stage in our ministry is vital for us to continue to grow in order to be best used for God’s purposes.

As the nation of Israel was going through some leadership changes in the book of Deuteronomy, Moses spoke these words of encouragement to them:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

These words can be a great encouragement for us as a church during this time. These words can be a great comfort to us as we take steps of obedience that cause change in our lives.  Moses encouraged the Israelites to change their perspective during times of challenges. He warned them not to focus their fear on what lies ahead, rather notice who is in charge and fix their gaze on the God who will never leave them.  It wasn’t fun for them to go through difficult change but it was necessary.

Let’s embrace the changes that are happening at MTC and let’s see what God will do as we continue to be obedient to Him.  The best is yet to come and I can’t wait for us to be able to take on more as we will be a much stronger church because of this stage in our ministry.