I have to say that I feel as if a thousand pounds have been lifted from my shoulders.
For those that haven't already heard, this morning I resigned as the Senior Minister at Antioch Mills, a church I have served for the last eight years and have come to dearly love. It was no doubt one of the most difficult things I've ever done. With having two services I've already shared it twice and can't must the emotional energy to share it a third time so I've added a link here if you would like to read it.
If I can be honest, there were times throughout this process that Satan tried to plant seeds of doubt and fear. "Are you an idiot Chad? What are you thinking? Are you sure you heard from the Lord? Is this really the wise thing to do?" And as I awoke this morning and the reality of what I was about to do hit me, I once again went to the Lord. And as I began to write in my prayer journal I wanted to ask the Lord for confirmation. I had asked for clarity many times over the last several months but this morning, I needed to hear from Him one more time.
And the coolest thing happened. As I turned the page to begin writing that prayer in my journal, I noticed that the scripture printed at the top of the page was Ecclesiastes 3:1, the very scripture that has been on my heart for the last several weeks and the very scripture I had already planned to share with my people today. I knew I had once again heard from the Lord and was making the right decision.
I'm thankful that we serve a God who meets us in our weakest moments and provides for us everything we need to take the next step.