January has flown by as we continue to lay down plans for our community work and church re-plant. One thing is for sure – our plans are never quite like His but they are always perfect. One of the biggest lessons we learn as believers is the lesson of faithful submission to the will of God. It is not as if we can thwart, circumvent or tunnel away His purposes for God is, well, God. Yet, we certainly do try; sometimes having a completely self-focused, mini-me tantrum in front of our throne rooms.
Our congregation has seen much in a decade. We have confronted ourselves and have smelled our sinful stench before a less-than-exemplary reflection. We have watched painfully as many friends have left us; some muddled in their refusal to turn away from the very things that enslave and blind them. We have witnessed a literal explosion in our community as monster hurricanes and storms have gutted and destroyed people, businesses, and lives. And we have see the beauty of a simple meal given by anonymous grace.
God alone keeps the secret path to His chest as we learn to understand the revealed hand of Scripture and stay steady to the way.
We pray for dedication to wisdom. We pray for new members to help us in our kingdom pursuits. We pray for lost souls and saints. And we look forward to what His mighty benevolence will bring.
May the hands of our everlasting Father cradle you and keep you as we march forward to glory. Amen.