5 Phases of Change

Things change. This week I went to visit my parents on my way to taking my three grandchildren to the airport. As we reached Braselton and took the exit, we noticed a brand new Taco Bell. We were just there in February, yet this small community on the outskirts of Atlanta was changing dramatically even adding a parking garage.

As we got out of the car at my parents’ house, my grandsons, all too familiar with the place, began rolling balls and cars down the wheelchair ramp. But this time for Michael, the oldest, the simple ramp lost its charm. Abigail and Joshua were happy with the old game, but Michael had changed. It was as if a maturing had come.

It’s altogether fun and sad to see your children/grandchildren grow and change. We expect it because they are children, and the alternative of keeping them in diapers is terrible. But seeing them go off to school, graduate, get married, and have children of their own brings back memories of when they were small and “the good ol’ days.”

But change is just a fact of life. Malachi 3:6 tells us that God does not change His loving and forgiving nature. But Scripture reveals that God does change His methods of operation. We can’t put God in a box and say that He consistently acts the same way. God changed the way He related to Israel over time. He changed the leaders He chose on a regular basis, even the types of leaders. At one time there was the humble Moses, but at another was the arrogant Samson. At one time God worked through the patriarchal system and then changed to the Levitical system. God changed His method of operation.

It is with sadness that we say farewell to Pastor David & Heidi Melton and their family. It has been a joy to have walked with them on our spiritual journey these past 5 years. They have worked with our church family, made visits, invested in lives, spent energy. They have made a difference. It is sad to say goodbye, but we continue to claim the promise of Romans 8:28. If we keep trusting God, He can work all things out for our benefit.

As the Meltons transition away from ministry at Chattanooga First, it is with joy, eagerness, and anticipation that we welcome Pastor Christopher and Rebecca Sauvé to our membership. One must wonder, what changes will Pastor Sauvé bring?

In Jesus, life goes on. Soon, the ultimate change will occur as Jesus breaks forth from the sky and puts an end to sin, death, and suffering. There will be no more farewells. Life with Jesus will be continually good. That life starts now as we trust Him through each transition of life.

By Dale Tunnell

Senior Pastor