See, I am doing a new thing! Isaiah 43:19
I talk to people every week who are struggling in their current ministry assignment. Sometimes ministry produces a mindset that what you are doing now you should always be doing or that you are somehow less than holy if you are considering other opportunities. I don’t know that that feeling can always be supported Scripturally.
God never promised everything would be the same in our lives. Only He promises to be the same yesterday, today and forever. In fact, God seems to like change in my life as I follow Him. Consider the amount of movement in the Israelites. Their lives were full of change. Think about the Apostle Paul’s ministry. He seemed to experience a great deal of change. If you are experiencing burnout, frustration, and even a little restlessness, sometimes that could be God be preparing your heart for something else.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying (I’m confident someone will misunderstand this post even as I type this sentence), God may leave you in your current position for many more years. If so, serve with all your heart and be faithful to your calling. Also know that every time you experience frustration or burnout is not an indication that God is doing something new in your life. There could be many reasons for those emotions, but equally true, don’t be surprised if God has something new on the horizon and you are experiencing the early stirrings of that next opportunity. One thing is certain, whatever He has for you He will want you to have to walk by faith and He may be preparing you for a greater opportunity to express your faith. Be willing to allow Him to stretch you for something new if that’s His desire.
Ask yourself this question:
Do I expect to be here five years from now? A year from now?
If the answer is no, perhaps God is already stirring your heart today…maybe that’s why you are restless in your current position…Perhaps it’s not a problem with everyone around you or even the place where you are…it’s the energy of God doing something new… Be patient, keep your ears and eyes open, and wait for what He wants to do next. (Read Isaiah 30:20-21)
Does anything here resonate with you? I’d love to hear from you.