My name is Michael Oberle and I am a recent graduate of Life Pacific College with my Bachelors degree in Transformational Ministry. A few days after commencement I moved to Indianapolis, IN to join a church plant team. I have had several significant transitions in my life, but I believe that this one has to be the biggest move that I have made in my life. I uprooted my life in California packed my clothes, the necessary essentials, and went in faith that God was going to provide.
For me it seems that transitions can be some of the most difficult times in hearing the voice of God even; though you know the Lord is calling, or has called you out to GO.
I felt the prompting to share with you how God is present in the midst of transition. Even when we think that all might seem lost, He is there with us every step of the way. I was drawn to the call of Abram in Genesis 12, a familiar story, but I think that biblical stories come to life most when they seem to parallel the stories and our own lives.
Genesis 12:1-3 states, “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
When God told me that I was going to be sent to Indianapolis, I was hesitant at first. I didn’t know what that was going to look like, and I had more questions than answers. However, I knew that I was prompted to “Go” and I stuck to that not knowing all the answers. In our culture, especially the Christian culture, we can become so focused on ourselves and needing to know 100% of an outcome, or we will not follow through. How many times in Scripture do we see people having 100% of the plan laid out in what they were doing beforehand… close to never. We tend move or stop based off of our feelings, and if we are not “feeling right” then we don’t move forward.
I think that this is the biggest hitch in our walk with the Lord. If we are waiting for a 100% reassurance in everything we do, we are going to come up short and remain stagnant in our faith. In Genesis 12 we see Abram was called out into a new territory, not knowing all the details. We should follow the his example, because where would faith play a role if we knew everything?
God is encouraging us as the Heartland District to have risky faith and believe that what God has told us–HE will finish the work!
I am now about a month into my transition here in Indianapolis and even though it has not been easy, I have found great refuge in the fact that I know that I am called to be here, and confident in what God has said. He will come through in every circumstance. I don’t know about you, but I tend to focus on the end result in mind and not about the present reality. So I recognize that as pastors, leaders, and believers we can succumb to the lie that God is not in the midst of transition or He only speaks when we are having “good days”. But I know that God is shifting our perspective to reveal his goodness in the midst of whatever transitional season we might be in.
I want to end with this verse:
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack”! (Psalm 34:8-9)
Be encouraged today that God is good and it is not about “feeling right” or having 100% assurance, but remaining in faith that God is present in the midst of our transitions and is speaking to our innermost being.