A New Chapter
I felt the stirring in my heart, the uncomfortable feeling of a change about to happen. Have you experienced that too? My church was gearing up to launch their eighteenth campus, and while I was happy for the other seventeen, I in no way felt a prompting to volunteer to help; there was plenty to do in my own campus.
To cut a long story short campus number 18 is now three months old. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the larger campuses, nor do we have our own building. Instead, we set up and tear down pipe and drape, chairs, audio equipment, welcome table, coffee table and children’s rooms every Sunday in an elementary school cafeteria.
It’s definitely nothing like my former campus. I grieved for what I knew, what I had come accustom too. My friends, would they soon forget me? Would I just be a distant memory to them? And what about the guest speakers who come through? No way are they likely to visit campus number eighteen. Fear of missing out (FOMO) plagued me and I wondered why the Lord had put it on my heart (and my husband’s) to change campuses.
Not Just a Face in a Crowd
For the first two months I kicked and questioned the Lord’s intentions. I mean, what is He thinking placing me (my husband loves it there) in this tiny country town. As the people of the town and surrounding neighborhood have come in, as I have welcomed them there in my volunteer position as a greeter I have got to know them by name, they are no longer faces in a crowd.
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 5: 5 & 6 Msg
Over and over I hear the Lord encouraging me to trust Him. Trust that He knows what He is doing. Trust that He has good plans for me. Trust Him with my future. Could it be that I would actually miss out more by returning to my old campus than choosing to stay at the new one?
It’s hard when the road ahead is not clear, when we don’t understand the plan. It’s then that faith and trust in our Heavenly Father becomes a reality.
I have chosen Hidden: United Pursuit as this week’s worship song. These words speak to me, if you are in need of encouragement I hope they speak to you too.
Now I am hidden in the safety of your love
I trust your heart and your intentions
Trust you completely
I’m listening intently
You’ll guide me through these many shadows.
Prayer: Father you know the path you have planned for us. Help us to trust you when we can’t see or understand. Your plans are good. Your heart is good and your intentions are good. Help us to lean in and listen to your directions. Amen.
P.S. I had been doing the Jeff Goins 500 word daily challenge, pop on over to Grace Lace and Polkadots Facebook page and check out some of my posts. We are only on day 10 of 31 (Help!!) so still a way to go. Some of Jeff’s writing prompts I keep private, while others are on the Facebook page. Join me, I need your encouragement.
I like the thought of leaning in close to listen for His voice. Being on the ground floor of a new church or ministry requires a lot of work but the rewards can be sweet.
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You are right Dorothy, a new work is a lot of work, but so worth it.
Good for you for hanging in there. Greeter is my favorite position! They need your smile and warm encouragement! You’re the best! Xx
Thanks Sue. I enjoy greeting and meeting the wonderful people of the town.