January 23, 2010

Transition in Light of Tragedy

by Ashley Jensen in Blog, Family, LIFE

Transition means to move from one position to another. Transition can be good or bad. In my life, I’ve transitioned down and I’ve transitioned up, which is what this post is about.

I’ve had the great privilege of working at Oasis Church for 6 years under Pastors Danny & Jillian Chambers serving as Youth Pastor, Twenty-somethings Pastor, and Creative Pastor. To say the least, I learned a ton about life, leadership, and my faith at the Oasis.¬†I can’t express how much I appreciate what Pastors Danny & Jill, and the Oasis have done for my family & I. It was Pastor Danny who saw the creative gift in me and helped to pull it out and ultimately, it was that God-given gift that opened the door to more favor & opportunity than I could’ve imagined. Over 12 years ago, it was also Pastor Danny who (through the “Best of Danny Chambers” double TAPE!) taught me what it meant to be an unashamed worshiper no matter what is going on in my life. These lessons are priceless and I am forever grateful. So we transition WITH the blessing of our Pastors (take note Christian when leaving your church! Leave blessed.) knowing this next season is going to bring more to us than ever before.

One thing I have definitely learned is life is seasonal. You learn to change and adapt to the seasons of life or you get left behind in the company of those who never thrive, grow, or succeed. For our family, a new season has begun and we are embracing change and progressing towards the call of God in Christ Jesus.

More recently, I was offered an amazing position as the Graphic Designer at Victory World Church in Atlanta under the leadership of Pastors Dennis & Colleen Rouse. It is a GREAT church doing phenomenal things, and it’s surreal I actually get to work there! side note… my office is sweet ūüėČ lol… I feel very blessed and humbled. I’ve been working for a couple of weeks now, driving back to Nashville on the weekends to visit the family and get the house ready to lease. (If you need a place to lease in Nashville, hit me up and let’s talk!)¬†So we need to pack up, find a place to live, get the girls into school, and basically do a lot of work to make this a successful move. Overall, the family and I are completely stoked but also a bit overwhelmed about moving.

In recap… Moving to Atlanta. Great position at a great church. Incredible opportunity.

THEN HAITI HAPPENED.

This transition was a huge deal to my family and I… until the earthquake in Haiti happened. All of a sudden, the move seems small, the stress of renting the house dissipates, and my focus is now on the island of Haiti. My hope is now expanded from my little world to the world of helping Haiti. It’s amazing how we can see just the thing in front of us instead of realizing there is an entire world out there that we can help. Moving is a big deal, it’s possibly life-changing but in light of the horrible tragedy in Haiti, it’s nothing, not even a blip on the radar.

“The greatest discoveries of science have always been those that forced us to rethink¬†our beliefs about the¬†universe and¬†our place in it.” ¬†~Robert L. Park,¬†The New York Times, 7 December 1999

I know it’s a ‘science quote’ but I’d add not only in science but… “the greatest discoveries of ourselves and our faith have always been those that forced us to rethink our beliefs about the universe and our place in it.” We need to continue to be forced to rethink our beliefs and expand our knowledge… but that’s another subject for another time. This quote reminded me that this universe is a big place and I am a very small part of it. It’s discouraging how I can make things so huge in my own perception but in reality… it’s nothing, not a blip on the radar.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Keep¬†your eyes open, hold tight to¬†your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.

I have to continually remind myself that my eyes need to stay open and focused on loving without stopping. For me, this is the best way to navigate transition in light of tragedy.

One Comment

  1. August 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I was reading this post, and for a moment there I thought that the Oasis church you mention is my own church. I live in the Dominican Republic, sharing the island with Haiti. And I attend Iglesia Cristiana Oasis (Oasis Christian Church) in Santo Domingo.

    I relate to what you express in this post, especially because Haiti is right next to us, and yet, we forget that there are so many people in terrible need RIGHT NEXT TO US! I don’t even have to go that far, because there are Haitian children and beggars in our streets. But our hearts are hardened. And this is something we have to fight against constantly.

    I know that this was a terrible thing that happened, but I’m glad that the Lord allowed it to be used for good. I know that my own church has been working with Haiti so much more because of this, and even supporting pastors and their families. I just hope that we might not forget about them later, that our love and service to them might continue always.

    Blessings!

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