When Barb Sigglekow’s husband left pastoral ministry to use his gifts in secular employment, he felt completely at peace and fulfilled. Barb, on the other hand, felt lost. “Being a pastor’s wife was my identity and my passion,” Barb told me the evening I met her at a Refresh event in Grande Prairie Alberta. “It was very hard to leave ministry.”
Barb immediately found a job she loved as a kindergarten instructor but for two years, she wasn’t sure where she belonged in the church. Barb had always loved child evangelism and kids clubs but she sensed that God might be taking her in a new direction so she prayed the Prayer of Jabez:
Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it not be to my sorrow!
Two years after leaving pastoral ministry Barb had an unexpected encounter with the living God. “It was almost an audible voice; it couldn’t have been any clearer,” Barb told me. What did she hear? This is the year your life is going to change.
“Suddenly I couldn’t get enough of Him,” Barb told me with shining eyes. “I wasn’t seeking this deeper life, I was just sitting there reading the Bible and it landed in my lap!” Barb began teaching the Bible to women she met at work, in her neighbourhood, in her daily life — all sorts of women who were not connected to any church. And they began to respond to the truth of the gospel, one by one trusting Christ with their hearts and their lives.
Although it appeared to Barb that she had left “ministry” when her husband stopped preaching and became a carpenter, in fact, she did not. God gave her a new dream to fit her new circumstance — to reach out to women with the hope of Jesus and to teach them His Word.
What about you? Has your life taken an unexpected turn? Are you struggling with a new set of circumstances, a different status, an unforeseen change? Have you lost your passion for what you’ve “always done”? Perhaps God wants to give you a new dream. Open your heart and mind to Him and then watch and wait. When He begins to shed light on your path, say yes and follow.