Monday, December 18, 2017

New Life

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.
~ Isaiah 43:19, NIV ~

Change. All of us resist it, yet none of us would deny that it is a necessity in life. Change in weight and stature are used to measure our children's growth when they are young. The difference in our retirement account can measure the effectiveness of our investments. Life's changes are a constant barometer of progress and well-being. And altering our course can often breathe new life into a desperate situation.

One of the world's greatest shifts came when God launched His rescue of hopeless sinners through the new life of a human baby. Though few believed, the Father surely knew the miraculous course He had set us upon when He sent His only Son to become the living sacrifice for our wrongdoing. It was a necessary change, lest we be condemned to sorrowful separation from our Creator for all of eternity. 

The past year, God has been speaking to my heart a great deal about change and new life. My family has experienced the remaking of so much of our lives. Last year, our youngest entered high school and all 3 of our kids had part-time jobs. This year, our eldest is abroad for a year of study in Japan, while our middle child, our son, is a senior in high school. He just got his driver's license this past summer. And as we have prayed him through his early days as a new driver, we've also found ourselves doing so much preparation around getting him ready to transition to adulthood while managing his hemophilia. 

None of this came as a surprise as God clearly showed me that my family had to become my primary focus and mission field in these transitional years. His words from Isaiah 43:19 and Revelation 21:5 have been reverberating through my skull endlessly as I swallow hard and try to properly reframe all of this intense change.

Family life hasn't been the only area of my life where the Lord has been speaking to me about new life. Frankly, ministry has been front-and-center in this wrestling with adjustment. In April I had written a piece entitled "Are You a Pitcher or a Sponge?" addressing the need for each of us to step up and use our life experience to speak God's life into other people. At that point the Lord was truly revealing to me that He wanted a new generation of young moms to answer His call to enter into the same type of commitment I had made to Him 15 years ago. I was weary from the long journey of parenting 3 kids with additional needs as well as leading my fellow parents in seeking Christ. And the longer I led, the less help there has been with ministry work. After all, my kids are no longer little or cute, so people generally don't feel that same emotional response that motivates them to serve. 

After prayerfully listening to God's voice, seeking His will, and talking repeatedly with our board members, the decision was made that Snappin' Ministries could no longer continue in its current form with me at the helm. The Lord was doing a NEW THING and we merely needed to cooperate with His will and watch for where He was leading us.

On January 1, 2018 that NEW THING will become a reality as Snappin' Ministries joins forces with our long-time friends at Key Ministry. Just like the birth of a baby, it is scary and exciting all at the same time. Still, we believe that the fear is born of relinquishing control to One who is truly in charge, and He always has our best at heart. The good news is that all of the best pieces of our work at Snappin' Ministries — the mentoring, the small groups, the encouragement, the devotionals — will all be continued through Key Ministry. The really exciting part is that I am being warmly welcomed onto a team of like-minded, experienced, devoted professionals with whom I will be at work on your behalf. This change will allow me to obey God's call in every aspect of my life while having regard for all of those around me.

Change is hard for us humans. Even so, without the new life of an infant Savior, we would be without hope. Without the cross, we would never encounter the miraculous Resurrection. My prayer is that you are able to rejoice with us this Christmas and in the coming years as we continue to follow hard after the One who worthy of our full devotion.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
(Revelation 21:5, NIV)

Pray with me...

Thank You, Lord, that You are trustworthy and loving. When You create change in our lives or do something new, we can rely on the fact that You will never leave us or forsake us. You always have our best in mind. Our eyes are fixed on You as we watch for what you will do in the days ahead.

Lord, I ask your blessings upon all of those who serve and are served through Snappin' Ministries and Key Ministry. Please unite us all in purpose and passion. Make this transition go smoothly. Continue to reach parents raising exceptional kids with Your matchless hope in this mission.

~ Barb Dittrich

1 comment:

  1. YES, scary and exciting all at once. Funny how God so often puts us in situations that require FAITH to just step out and trust HIS WILL for our future. Looking forward to this adventure with you. xoxo