Wow! I’ve been amazed at what has happened over the past year. Looking back, I’ve seen God do some beautiful things! For some reason, that phrase just keeps coming back to me. I can’t get it out of my mind. When Jesus is seen, beautiful things happen.
All throughout the past year, we have seen these things happen. Throughout the course of the last year many times I’ve said, “Man, it feels great to know that God is behind what’s happening here.” And while that’s true because of all the things God has validated over the course of the last year, I think a more appropriate thing to say is that “God is ahead of us.” He is the one that has brought this church together.
And this is always what God has done! In the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 31:8, it says, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” He knew before we were here what would happen: that teams would come together, a food pantry would start out of that, a core group would be assembled who wanted to start a church, events were planned and held in the community, a building would be ready at the exact hour that it needed to be, kids would learn that God is wild about them at VBS, that a quality band could be found, and that our place was full for our first worship gathering! All of those things put together show me that God has even greater things in store for us as a church.
We can do all that we can for the church and to advance the Gospel but if God doesn’t go ahead of us then it makes no sense for us to be here. He calls us to work hard and give a respectable amount of time to the church, but at the end of the day we are left trusting in Him that He is in charge of this deal! It’s comforting to know that the success of theCross east lake doesn’t fully depend on me, it fully depends on the one who is behind us, but even more importantly going ahead of us! He is with us, all around us, and we are seeing Him. It is my prayer that we continue to see Him and that He continues to manifest Himself in a real way!