The More Things Change....

We’ve all heard the old adage. I’ll bet you can even finish the line: “…the more they stay the same!” Change and Sameness are upon us soon. Life, as it turns out, is filled with comings and goings. The Bible says that God will watch over all of our comings and goings (Psalm 121:8). Ages and stages of life, careers and crossroads, relationships and relatives, ups and downs, elation and discouragement, passion, and exhaustion. Turns out, Solomon was right: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If the only constant in life is change, then we are routinized with a deep familiarity with perpetual adjustment. Nobody signed up for becoming a “subject-matter-expert” in this field, but here we are!

Whenever leadership changes, many things APPEAR to change. Texture, tone, flavor, cadence, volume, direction, and disposition may be a few adjectives we could use for some new meals by a new Chef (pastor). For eight years, I have been slinging hash in the kitchen of OHFUMC’s Sanctuary and Centennial Hall. As the “Head Chef,” I have been serving up meals from God’s word in response to God’s call upon my life: “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Now, I am being moved to a new kitchen (Arizona). God is sending a different Chef. A New Chef. A sheep-feeding Chef, to work in the “kitchen” (Pulpit, classroom) of Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church. Pastor Linda Tucker will soon be serving you “meals” from god’s word.

As is true in most culinary arts, chefs have their own distinct trademark dishes and styles. They use different garnishes and spices. Their menus will vary as will the accent table settings and atmosphere. Everyone has favorite foods in their dietary experience. Our palates have grown accustomed to certain tastes, textures, and flavors. Sometimes, when we start attending a new restaurant, or eating from the menu of a new chef, it takes a while to acquire a new taste for these same old basic foods that just happen to be prepared in a different way.

Preferences are nice, but we must remember that we eat to live; we don’t live to eat! Undoubtedly, many things will be different under the new Chef, but many things will also be the same. Use this opportunity (this summer) to try a new dish! Take the time necessary to sit and savor a new meal. Discover new forms of satisfaction and soulful delight as you feast at God’s banquet table. Not every meal should taste the same. Not every Chef cooks in the same way. But all kingdom food is life-giving! If you will only sit and feast – then you will “…have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age” (Hebrews 6:5).

Coming soon to a Kingdom Restaurant near you: Pastor Linda Tucker! Our New Chef! “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)

Bon Appétit

Pastor David 😊

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