Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Moving forward...Together.

It can be frustrating to not be moving forward.

We were in line to board American airlines flight 939 from Curacao to Miami. We were in a long line. It wasn't moving very quickly either. Oh, and our flight was already boarding...

It didn't click with me until very late. We had decided to wait outside of security for a while after checking our bags so we could eat lunch at the available restaurants. We almost waited too long...

So I'm in line looking at a hundred people ahead of us and my watch is telling me that the plane leaves the gate in 20 min. I'm sweating bullets. Can we not move any faster?!

We like to be moving, don't we? It doesn't matter where we are. In traffic or in line at the grocery store. To sit still feels unproductive. Wasteful. Inconvenient.

But sometimes we move for the sake of moving. Like I've said to friends at amusement parks before, "I don't care where we go--let's just go!" Do we value movement over direction?

I've wrestled with this as we've appeared to stall in our building process. We haven't "moved forward" on any specific task in the master planning of our property for 7 months. It has felt like we didn't know where we were going or how to get there.

In a way that was true. But not because we didn't know what steps we could take. We just didn't have a strong conviction about how we felt God wanted us to move forward. We saw this in our church family where we heard passionate opinions about moving forward asap as well as continuing to be portable.

We knew that we could move forward and even how to based on how we'd seen it done in other places. But we weren't convinced that we knew how God wanted us to move forward. So we paused. We waited. We discussed.And we listened.

After much discussion & prayer, the Pastor-Elders of our church believe we have much clearer direction on where to go next and how to get there.

We have a conviction that God wants us to move forward on the property (although the time line is still unresolved). We also have a conviction that we are right where God wants us to be at the Sr. Center and that we could be there a while. We are figuring out that living by faith means living without all the answers and being okay with that. Hebrews 11:6 says it's impossible to please God without faith. We want to walk by faith.

Our next step is to share our thoughts with our church family and get your feedback.This will happen Sunday night at our Congregational Gathering.

I look forward to the discussion! It should be lively and should serve us well as we continue to watch God clarify the vision he has for us. I hope to see you at the club house Sunday at 5:30 "Prayed up" and ready to go.

May God's will be done every step of the way!