Note from Kristi Graner
The seasons are changing. The air is cooling. Our schedules are shifting. Each day feels different. Are you a person who loves to change? Or does change cause stress?
I would say that both are true of me. I thrive on newness, fresh challenges, new people – yet I also love stability, consistency, and reliability. It is somewhere in the tension of new and old I am most myself and most fruitful.
Watching the leaves begin to change and knowing that snow and ice are on their way has been a bit sobering for me (as I believe it is for a lot of people in this cold climate).
Gary is a little different than me. He loves winter and doesn’t even complain about the bitter cold.
Then there is our son Evan. He has been de-icing airplanes at MSP for over 14 years. He simply purchases quality gear and goes outside. Nothing slows him down.
Evan has taught us a bit about what it takes for an airplane to successfully to take off, gain altitude, and effectively fly in Minnesota’s fluctuating climate.
Lately I have been considering this and praying about what God is doing at Dare to Believe Ministries.
We are entering into a fresh season.
Throughout our 14 years as an organization, we have moved several times. Each move has resulted in an upgrade. We anticipate the same thing as we change locations again at the end of this month.
[Note: All ministry at DTB will continue as normal. We will still have our classes, ministry sessions, worship nights, and more. Stay tuned for details about our new location very soon!]
What will it take for DTB to gain altitude and effectively fly in this new season?
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8
As dream interpreters we understand Biblical metaphoric language. In a dream an airplane often represents a ministry, church, or organization that holds a given amount of people (depending on the size of the airplane). The purpose of an airplane is to move people in the air. Jesus tells us that the Spirit moves like the wind. So we understand metaphorically that an airplane flying in the sky represents an organization that is created to move people in the things of God’s Spirit.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” – Isaiah 44:3
We also understand that in Scripture, God’s Spirit is represented by water: rain, wells of living water, the river of God, etc.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.” – John 7:37-39
When seasons and weather conditions change, an airplane needs to have frozen water carefully removed before take off. Ice that remains on the wings can create hazards and issues.
As an organization of God’s people, I believe that like an airplane, we have been taking off and landing for many years now. Every change is helpful and healthy when we partner with the Lord.
We are once again on the runway of God’s goodness, getting ready for another successful take-off. If there is any ice that has formed, we welcome the Lord’s de-icing process. This process isn’t painful, but it can feel inconvenient and sometimes delays our take-off.
Here on God’s tarmac, we are ready for Him to de-ice us. We want Him to remove anything that will hold us back, harm us or create issues as we prepare to soar higher in God’s presence. We are giving God permission to wash away any excess, issues, or attitudes that have held us back from all He has for Dare to Believe Ministries.
Our call to fasting this past week was a part of this process. Thank you for fasting with us. We are deeply grateful and welcome any insights or discernment that you receive for DTB.
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Whether you have been on-board with us for a short time or for many years, we know that the Lord led you to this ministry and we are grateful. We are glad to have you on-board as we prepare for another takeoff.
We bless any changes that the Lord is bringing to your life as well! We pray that as you walk with the Lord and follow His lead, that you will flourish and be prepared for your own takeoff into the new season ahead of you.