I’m sitting here atPanera Bread on a Monday morning totally awestruck by an amazing God. I know I say it often but I can not help nor will I stop, I feel like I am living in a Bible story. One of the troubles that the children of Israel had is that they stopped rehearsing the good deeds of God and a generation grew up that neither knew the LORD nor his good deeds. I will not have that happen in the city God has called me to! I am going to keep telling my story, re-living my story, and sharing my story with everyone who will listen. It is so funny as I was sitting here typing this blog another pastor from here in the city came up and we began talking I ended up sharing how City on a Hill Church got started. Too funny!
I titled this Trust and Obey For There’s No Other Way for a reason. This has been my walk for the past 16 months. Trusting in God and obeying whatever He has asked me too do. His hand of provision, protection, and blessing has rested heavily upon my life and our church. Yesterday was no different. Every so often I get what I call “God winks” as heart checks making sure I remember it is God who is in control. My Trustee Board had made a request of me last year that I take one Sunday off in June and one in July after our first year anniversary. I am thankful for a group of people who care enough about me to be sure that I am not going to burn out. After much prayer I connected with Marc Mero and Champion of Choices. We decided to do a citywide outreach as a grace gift to the city bringing Marc in to tell his story of triumph, tragedy, and God’s amazing grace. We also decided to make it a big deal with a FREE Family Fun Day afterwards. The stage was set for a great event. Sunday morning I wake up to the sound of thunder. I open my front door to check the weather and it wasn’t raining I thought, “Awesome!” Just then I turned my eyes to the north and saw the darkest clouds we have seen in a long while. Within thirty minutes there was driving rain, thunder, flashes of lightning, and to be brutally honest I was totally deflated. I went to McDonalds for a lite breakfast and some devotional time. During my devotional time I wrote in my journal, “Father you control the winds and the rain. I trust in You! Holy Spirit call and drawl according to Your purposes. We need a miracle but Your will be done. Our hope is You! I will lead as You lead me O God.” My trust was and is firmly founded in Christ. I had been obedient to pray and seek God concerning June 26, 2011. I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit to invite Marc and his team. We invested time, talent, and treasure to reach the lost, bring home the wanderers, make disciples, and send missionaries. The rest was up to God. I closed my devotional and headed to the church.