This past year has been to say the least…difficult.
This pasty year has been to say the least…incredible.
March 15, 2020 changed my life. I was looking forward to this day as it was the Home Opener for my beloved Minnesota United FC. Instead of going to cheer, or should I say yell, for my team for 90 straight minutes I was instead at my first meeting as a Board of Director at my brewery. And it was at this meeting that everything began to change.
After 3+ hours of intense difficult conversation we made the decision to close our taproom due to COVID-19. We did so to protect our employees & the public from this deadly disease. Without any knowledge of PPP Loans or state mandates we did what was right for our cooperative brewery & community.
By the end of that week I had lost 3 out of 4 jobs and was barely hanging on to the 4th one. I had no idea how I was going to get through a global pandemic with little income, no health insurance & not a lot of job prospects.
That was the difficult part of the year.
After March 15th, I pivoted in my one remaining job. Instead of welcoming people in person on Sunday mornings I shifted to connecting with people through social media. Also I got connected with a congregation that had been doing digital ministry for a handful years & began learning from them how to be a digital minister.
While not being able to hang out in person with friends I still spent quality time with some via Zoom & a lot of late nights at work. We bonded in such a way that will last a lifetime.
I found myself on a path slightly different from what I expected but exactly where God needed me to be right now & into the future.
That is the incredible part of the year.
Living faith in the 168 hours of the week has its ups and downs. There are hours where you kind of go, “Huh?” And other hours where you go “God, that was incredible!” Faith is not picture perfect 100% of the time. It gets a little crazy from time to time.
This week in our daily readings (available on Instagram at: @resolved_ministry) we are looking at people noted for their faiths. They are mentioned in the Bible’s “Hall of Fame” chapter in Hebrews 11 for being faith filled. But let me tell you they were not perfect. They had their own difficult times with their own incredible times.
What I pray for you to learn from their stories is how through it all they kept following God. They made mistakes but repentance came. They trusted God.
Friends, keep trusting God. I don’t know what you are dealing with today but I do know that you are not alone. I do know that God is standing right beside you saying, “Take this next step. Keep watching for what I have planned for you.”
Hold onto God’s Hand. Cling to it if you have to. It’s okay God can handle it.
If you ever need a friend or someone to talk to you have one here. Send an email or DM via social media. I am happy to pray with you through the difficult hour towards the next incredible God has for you.
This Week’s Challenge
As you read the Daily Readings write in your journal what you learned from each one’s story. How can you grow in your faith in God by knowing their faith in God?