“If the Lord wills…"
Those four words continue to be the theme of my new pandemic life.
Those four words (written by James) wrestle control from our hands. They break the illusion of control we so quickly build a home within. That little phrase forces us to acknowledge the one and only sovereign who rules this world - Jesus. And friends, COVID-19 is one way Jesus is forming a friendship between us and those four words!
Over the last month we’ve wrestled with what to do with the 75 acres, originally scheduled to close at the end of March. For a refresher on the 75 acres, see this blog post. The timing, from our limited perspective, couldn’t have been worse - two weeks into the uncertainty surrounding a pandemic. But the risen Jesus sees beyond what we see.
“If the Lord wills…"
During February, we were also able to renegotiate a few details of the contract and saved $150,000, bringing the the sale price down to $3.85 million. We receive the reduced price as a grace from Jesus.
During the last week of March, we were able to negotiate an extension, which moved the purchase back to May 31st. That extension has given us time to pray, consider, and re-position this decision before the Lord. As we have sought the Lord on this decision, “If the Lord wills…” has changed to…
“It seems the Lord wills…"
We feel a deep sobriety about this decision, but also a deep confidence that this is what the Lord has for us as a church. This piece of property positions our church family so well for upcoming decades of Gospel ministry.
So church, we are taking another step of faith by purchasing the 75 acres.
As we think about the first decade of our church family’s life, this is yet another of the many steps of faith Jesus has asked from us. We want to be faithful to say “Yes” in this moment, and in the many more Jesus will ask of us!
Church, let’s keep leaning in. Let’s keep following Jesus. Let’s keep an open-hearted “yes” before him! And let’s trust him to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” (Eph 3:20).
Church, we love you.
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