The Current of Change


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Changes are one of those constants in life, like seasons they carry promises and challenges but with deadlines not of our choosing. Oh, we have choices to make for sure. We could turn and catch the wave of change and ride it for all its worth, attempting to tame the roar with our courage.

Or, we could plant our feet, letting the full force hit us and go spinning in the torrent, possibly drowning in our own failed expectations and imagined strength.

Changes are powerful waves…so are our choices

It seems every powerful wave of change begs a soul shaking question. How
much of my life is centered on living for me (and only me) then asking God to bless the mess I created…instead of laying my life down and passionately following after Him?

His Word supplies the answer(s)

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going." Hebrews 11:8

Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.” Ezra 10:4

Listen, walk by faith and do the thing that God asks of you…

Changes are surfing opportunities, they are meant, (designed, purposed) to take us somewhere. The current of change relocates us to the place God wants us to be…where we need to be. The ride may seem rough at times but if we ride it out, the shore ( our next place of our journey) is closer than we think.

I have caught a new wave, the current of change is moving fast and picking up speed… taking me to a new place…I’m going out, not knowing where I’m going.

Starting in September I will become the Lead Pastor of Bridge Builders Community Church (I have been serving as Associate Pastor for over a year now). Pastor Tim, who is the founding Pastor, will be taking a 6 month sabbatical (his own wave riding experience) to see what God has for him next. We had trusted leaders overseeing this transition process and guiding us to this decision...we all feel like this is the Father's plan.

I have been asked..."so, do you feel called to this position?" My answer is this...(and I am being sincere). I am called to be a son of the most High, I serve at the pleasure of the King...what my Father asks me to do...I will do. I don't feel called to a position but to deeper relationship with my Father, who asks me to serve in a different role that I ever dreamed for.

My wife Christine, our kids, all see (in different ways) God's hand in this...we know we are in this together, that is a blessing to me.

So, I ask you to pray for me, for us...I am overwhelmed with the responsibility and humbled by the fact that I have been asked to step into this role. It is WAY bigger than me and I know I will be hanging onto Christ in ways I never imagined before...that is a good thing.

Thank you and God Bless you all! Tags: ,,,,


Bill (cycleguy) said…
Ride the wave baby! You already know how I feel about this! Live the Adventure!!
Wes Clemmer said…
Excited for where your "ride" is taking you. . .and that I can go along :)
Jay Cookingham said…
Riding it my brother! Thanks for checking in although I been "absent" for a long time!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Linda for the encouragement and being part of our family at BBCC!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Wes, your guidance in all this has been a pleasure and a blessing...surfs up!
Eddy Damas said…
What a rush! I know God will guide your steps and challenge you at the same time. :)
jasonS said…
Amen, Jay. Such a great reminder. Change is designed to take us somewhere, not drown us. Praying with you!
Jay Cookingham said…
Bless ya bro'...thanks for chiming in!
Jay Cookingham said…
Appreciate those prayers Jason!
Floyd said…
I'm thrilled for you, brother. The Red Sea parted so the chosen of God can walk through miraculously. He's parted the waves for you too, Jay.

"Bless the mess." I've asked for that more than once… Well said.
Jay Cookingham said…
Oh the messes we have made eh bro'? Good thing we have a Father who changes us! Thanks Floyd!

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