Months ago when we scheduled January 5th as the launch date of The Groves Church we never anticipated getting close to a foot of snow thanks to the Polar Vortex and Snowmagedden 2014.
Weeks of planning and hours of work went into getting our facility remodeled and ready--the transformation has been pretty remarkable.
When it became evident that our first Sunday was likely to be postponed, those who had worked so hard on the building demonstrated a deeper work that God had been doing in us. While it was a little disappointing to miss our opening day we all agreed that God was in control, that His timing is best and that He is always working for His glory and our good.
I awoke on Sunday around 4:30am, looked outside and saw very little snow. For a Pastor, snow on Sunday creates a challenge--do we hold services or cancel them? I prayed that there would be no doubt and that it would be clear what we were to do. Just a few hours later there was no second guessing and there was no doubt--we would cancel the service and wait to launch the following week.
Throughout this entire rePlanting process there have been delays, ups along with downs, and surprises that no one could have predicted. rePlanting a church is like life--filled with joy, sorrow, fear, uncertainty and opportunities for faith. At each turn I've found God to be faithful. He has never left me or those who are on this crazy adventure.
The greater work being done in us is an internal one, it may not be easily seen. In a community that looks very "put together" God is planting a church that is learning how to live life trusting Him when things don't turn out like we hoped, planned or expected.
Our message is simple--you can trust in your own efforts, let your hope rise or fall on circumstances which are beyond your control--and suffer from anger, worry, frustration and fear. Or, you can trust in God who is powerful enough to drop a foot of snow on your big day--all to remind you that when life doesn't work out like you planned, you can trust HIm and enjoy the beauty of something he created and find rest not in yourself or your work but in Jesus.
If that sounds good to you why not join us this coming Sunday at 10:45