The End of an Era

I have a few more weeks of work with SpringHill Camps, and I’m soaking it all in. You need to check out what Mark Beeson, founding pastor of Granger Community Church, posted on his blog.  He’s been a great encourager to me and I love his skill at capturing a day in my life.

As I prepare my team for my transition out, my mind has already begun contemplating the end of this era.  There’s nothing like driving out of town in a moving truck to make you reflective.

When I moved to Grand Rapids in May of 2008 to work for SpringHill Day Camps, I was thinking that it would be the place I would settle down.  In my mind, that meant marriage and kids and a nice job in ministry.

But then God grew Day Camps by 12,000 kids, allowed me to partner with and be invested in by amazing men and women in ministry, confirmed my love for the city, broke my heart for six little ones living in poverty and took me to India to serve.

It’s funny, isn’t it?  How we wish for one thing, but then God gives us something so much better?

In Grand Rapids, my heart settled.  Through these four crazy years of life and ministry, God spoke to me clearly, loved me deeply and rained grace upon my story.  He gave me more than I dreamed.

As I step into this new era, I have many thoughts, dreams and prayers for our future.  But, honestly, I can’t quite figure out what it’s going to look like as Josh and I live and raise a family in Detroit.   All I know is it’s going to be crazier than we dream and so much better than our plans.

What fun it is to have an incredible history of God’s faithfulness and to get to wake up every morning knowing that He will provide as we follow Him.

Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
Psalm 11:2-7

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