If the Lord wills…"

Those four words long to be our friends. 

Slowly, gradually, at times begrudgingly, my friendship is forming. 

Those four words (written by James) wrestle control from our hands. Those four words break the illusion of control that I 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, the Covid-19 pandemic is one way Jesus is moving the friendship (with those four words) forward.

Over the last month we’ve wrestled with what to do with the 75 acres, originally scheduled to close toward 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 Jesus sees beyond what we see. A new and deeper friendship is needed. 

If the Lord wills…"

Those four words form rock-solid theology. Those words put the sovereignty of God under our feet. Jesus knows best. Jesus does best. Those four words also form an invitation, an invitation to trust the heart of the the risen Jesus. 

So during the last week of March, we were able to negotiate an extension. That extension moved the purchase back to May 31st. That time gives you, our church family, along with our elders, time to keep this decision before Jesus, the one we trust. So church family, please pray with us. 

With how the Lord has and continues to work on our behalf, we expect to close on this property at the end of May. We receive the extension as a grace from Jesus. 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. It seems that moving forward with the land is what the Lord is up to. At the same time, we are all deepening our friendship with those words, 

If the Lord wills…"

Church family, we want to walk by faith in the risen Jesus. We fully expect Jesus to continue to lead us! We want to keep an ongoing “yes” before Him. So in some ways this extension is just another invitation from Jesus to learn more of what it means to walk by faith, more of what it means to listen and obey, more of what it means to give sacrificially, more of what it means to trust Jesus even in the midst of uncertainty. So church, let’s foster the friendship. Let’s allow our friendship with these four words to deepen. 

If the Lord wills…"

We love you church. 

pastor rodney

 


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