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The Real Reason I’m Leaving.

Ok, now that it has officially been announced and I have nothing to lose I am going to let everyone know THE TRUTH. I know that many of you have suspected that there was more going on. In fact some of you have come right out and asked me. Some even confronted me, insisting that there had to me more to the story.

Well, here you go.

The real reason we are leaving is this GOD SAID SO.

I know that this may be hard to understand. I can’t say that I entirely understand it myself. Some have asked me “if you don’t know where you are going, how do you know that God is calling you to leave.” Well, I have only one answer, I just know. I really wish that I could explain it better than that, but I can’t. You see it is kinda like when God first called me to ministry. I can’t explain exactly how I knew that God was call me to ministry. However, I can still vividly remember the moment that it happened. I didn’t hear an audible voice. I didn’t see a vision. There was no burning bush. I do believe that God still speaks to people in an audible voice at times. I have talked with people that I trust and respect who have experienced this. I also believe that God speaks to people in visions. All I can say when God called me to ministry, is that I JUST KNEW.

Some have said that there must be more to the story. To you I say, I’m sorry to disappoint, but there truly isn’t. You may chose to believe me or not. Your choice does not change the truth. This is not due to any moral or ministry failure. We are not mad about anything and neither is Pastor Mike. I truly believe that God is calling me to something or somewhere else and that He told us that it is time to leave The Rock. I don’t know why He told us to leave. It is not my job to question this. My job is simply to listen for the voice of God and then to be obedient, perhaps even more so when the instructions are difficult.

Some have said that if I don’t know where God is calling me, then He can’t be calling me away. To you I will point to Genesis 12. This is where God called Abram. God told Abram in verse 1 to “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a land I will show you.” God didn’t tell Abram where he was going. All Abram had were instructions from God to leave and a promise that God would show him the way. I know I keep coming back to this passage and some of you may be tired of hearing it, but this is where I am. After God gave Abram his instructions verse 4 says, “So Abram left.” Abram was obedient and, later, God did show him where to go and did bless him.

I truly believe there is coming a day when we will look back on this moment and it will make perfect sense. In that moment we will know exactly what God had planned and why he chose this moment for us to leave. Until then I simply have to trust God and keep moving forward.

Matt Norman

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I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, church planter, nurse, and freelance writer.

6 Comments

  • Lynn Vicent

    It takes a lot of courage and faith that not only will God show you the way, but that leaving the way you are, will not hurt the relationships you’ve built. People could easily talk about this and sensationalize “why” you are leaving. They may work it out in their own heads and then gossip about it. It takes faith in those people to just take you at face value…that you have a reason, and it’s not a juicy tabloid reason, but a fruitful reason, one that is between you and God. I commend your decision, and think you will prosper. It’s refreshing to see a Minister who waits for his calling of placement and not just to Ministry itself. Many Ministers want to grow up in their church, and grow with their people. It takes guts to move on and grow within, and with God. I see this as an adventure. Venture on Kim. Venture on Matt. And may God bless you and your family.

    Lynn Vicent

  • Bill Gunter

    Matt,

    I’m with you on this one. When I announced my departure from my church people immediately tried to connect a person, an incident, etc as to what was “forcing” me out when ultimately, just like I knew God called me there, He was now calling me away to an unknown path for me.

    It takes faith yo leave a ministry that is doing well, but I know God has used this to prepare you for something great.

  • Kathy Russell

    Any spiritual being will understand EXACTLY what you mean, Matt. I used to use an experience in my own life during theological discussions with friends who would ask “HOW do you know God exists when as a woman of science you cannot see,touch or hear him?” I had just graduated from nursing school; my husband had taken a job out of state. My plate was full orienting as a GN, preparing for state boards in a few days and trying to juggle my three young children…all while missing their father. I received a call at the hospital about a week later; my husband had been in an accident on the job site. They had purchased me a plane ticket, I needed to get to the airport “as soon as possible”. Within 2 hours I had left work, packed, given the news to my children leaving them crying at my mother’s house. Before I got on the plane I called the trauma center where he was taken…hoping for a word on his condition before I embarked on the long trip. All the doctors were in at his bedside; no one could come to the phone and give me any words of encouragement. I climbed on that plane with the heaviest of hearts; sick to my stomach and more scared than I ever had been.
    While in the air scenarios ran through my mind; I had no control over how events would unfold and may soon find myself facing paralyzing grief alone and far from home. As I sat quietly on that plane, helpless and heartbroken…God spoke to me. Not out loud…not in a vision or a dream. But in that moment, all the tension I felt throughout my body washed away…my pulse slowed, my breathing eased, and I felt a physical warmth likened to being held in the arms of a parent when I was small. At that moment, I KNEW that God was speaking to me; that while my immediate future might be completely out of my hands that I would go and everything, EVERYTHING….would be alright. I walked off that plane, giving over all control, all hope, all fear…because when God spoke, I just KNEW.
    Where ever you and your beautiful family finally land, it will be where you are meant to be…and you will flourish in his Grace.

    Namaste,
    Kathy

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