In the life-altering aftermath of our ministry downsizing or position loss, the emotional and spiritual darkness that threatens to envelop us may make it difficult for us to envision avenues of future ministry. Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) offers these words of encouragement:
“If you just can’t see how God would ever want to affirm you or use your life, let measure you that God does want to do those things. He does want to use you. He is a restorer. He is a redeemer. He is a grace giver. That is who He is and you are not exempt (italics mine). His good plans include you. . . Ask Him to help you see what He sees: Your ruins restored.”
Ruth also notes that when we see God using us in our weakness, our faith grows. That enables us to confidently step out and trust Him again. Our capacity for future ministry to others is expanded.
2 Corinthians 12:10- “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”