Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Call

I promised last week to tell you about something God is doing in our lives that has brought on an myriad of emotions for my family.

Two weeks ago now, I was cleaning house -- probably dusting as that is one of my usual Wednesday chores-- when my husband calls me and says," Guess what?". Now, this was not a happy guess what - as in guess what, we just won a trip to Bermuda. No, it was more of a unhappy guess what - as in guess what, I just got a speeding ticket.
So, I say "What?"
He says, " I just got the call"
Since this call came totally out of the blue, I had no idea what he was talking about. But, here is what the call was about.
It was a call from our district superintendent to tell us that we would be moving this year.

Now I know that a lot of you out there aren't United Methodist clergy as we are, so let me explain just a little bit about how this all happens.
In the Methodist church, pastor's are on an 'itinerant system'. Pastors are appointed to a church in their specific conference (ours being Western North Carolina).. We have been appointed to the church we are serving now for the past two years. When a church or a pastor feels that a new appointment is warranted, they let the district superintendent know and they go on what is commonly called "the move list". Then the cabinet, which is made up of the district superintendents and a Bishop, meets and decide (based on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I believe) where each person on this list should to appointed.
They do their best not to move people who are not on "the move list", but sometimes something happens and they have to begin calling people who aren't planning to move and having them move. This is what happened to us.
Note: If any of you reading this are Methodist and have more to add about the moving process (or corrections if I've made a mistake), please feel free!

So, over the past two weeks we have felt lots of different emotions.

**Shock, that after only two years (contrary to popular belief - Methodists don't necessarily move every 4 years....) in this place that we are to be moving on.

** Sad, that we are leaving people we've come to know and love.

**Excited, for the new place that we are going. A new place to be in ministry for God.

**Anxious, about all of the things we need to accomplish since we move in only 8 weeks.

And probably a million other emotions that I haven't even gotten to yet.

I think the thing I am most excited about is that I know that this move is what God wants. After all the learning I've done in the past year about trusting HIM fully, I do believe that this is His will. I know there are those who are very skeptical of that out there, but for me - to not trust isn't an option. He is sovereign. He is guiding and leading us all. His will WILL be done. It is easy to get bogged down in the what ifs?
What if the Cabinet has made a mistake?
What if we aren't supposed to move?
But, I know that in Romans it says that ALL things - -not some things or sometimes or once in a while-- work together for the good of those who are called according to HIS purpose.
We have to trust God and believe that he is sovereign over all.

I also believe that my husband was called by God to be a Methodist minister and because of that call we will go where he sends us -- without complaint about time or how inconvenient it is right now.

To all you sweet folks who are in our church and are hurting over this news, please know that we hurt right along with you. And that we love each of you dearly. We will miss you dearly. But, we must go where God is leading us. And we trust that it is HE who is doing the leading.
I hope you can, too!

Everyone else out there, please pray for all of us in the next two months. There is lots to do and lots to prepare for. I appreciate your prayers!


Deidre said...

Wow, Mindy! I can't believe you are already moving. It seems so strange that your move is in the hands of someone else's reliance on the Holy Spirit, but I understand the dynamics. You are so strong to trust God with all the details. God knew what He was doing when He put YOU with your husband. What faith and amazing support!!

I'm so curious about where you're going. I have a hunch. Have you hinted around to it recently about a place you love? Just wondering. I know you'll tell us all in due time.

I will pray for you and your family over the next 8 weeks and beyond.

Cheryl said...

I will be praying for you all! Please keep us posted!

Kelli said...

Wow, you guys are certainly in a season of change! It is so good to see a wife who is willing to embrace her husband's call and not be a hindrance. I have seen many preachers' ministries held back by a wives who are not willing to follow. I know that the Lord is going to bless you for that.

Can't wait to hear where your new adventure is!


Ginger said...

I'm SO excited for you, your hubby, the girls, and the soon to be born baby boy! Such wonderful changes in your family in the past year!!! Just imagine what God has in store for you next. :) Love you!

Cyndi said...

Oh, just reading your post I got such a feeling of excitement that God is up to something BIG (and wonderful) in your family. I love your attitude and how you are keeping God in the proper perspective in all of this. I will be praying for you in the weeks and months to come!

Wendy said...

When in the United Methodist Church, your plans sort of belong to the D.S. Do you know where you're going? Will you get to keep the same OB? Kelley and her family received orders to move to Japan! Be thankful you're only moving within a small area.
Take care!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

OK...I know exactly what you're going through. Please e-mail with the details if you can. (as a UM pastor's wife...we have to sometimes keep things quiet while "things" are firmed up.)

I've lived with the system for awhile now, and even if the Bishop and DS's aren't always operating within our understanding of how things should go, never underestimate the FACT...

That wherever you move...our great BIG God moves with you. And thus, we can always trust that his will is in operation.

Mindy...can I help? Packing, babysitting, whatever. If you need anything, I will come to the Mts. and help.

I moved when I was 5 months pregnant, so I can understand some of your limitations.


Sarah said...

Your attitude and faith are amazing! You are so right that He does work everything together for good. Plus, what good would it do to fight it! I'll be praying for you and your family duing your time of big transitions!

Blessings, Sarah.

The Preacher's Wife said...

You do have a great attitude, Mindy. Makes me sorry I taunted you about becoming a Baptist. :))

Of course I believe in His sovereign control as well. I know this will be a great move for you - I'm praying the awesomeness of your new house is just one small sign of great things to come!

Janelle & Ella said...

I've been a bit behind on my blog reading and I'm so sad that I am just now reading this. I guess you are about to move at this point. I am so sorry you are having to leave the church and people you love so much. I know this move will be incredible though. I grew up Methodist, my dad was a music minister my whole life. We moved every few years to a new church, so I definitely know what that is like. I can't wait to hear more about your move and the new people that will enter your life as a blessing.