Vertical Life Church, Chapter 2: The New Building.
The day has finally arrived that we move into our new building! A lot of money, time, resources, talents, muscle, prayer, and faith has gone into this move from one building to another! We’re just moving down the road, and the turnaround time from buying the building to being able to move into it was relatively short compared to the Israelites roaming the desert on the way to the Promised Land! Talk about a lot of walking!
A common theme I see in the bible is that God uses a period of time for us to wait – that doesn’t seem to be very much fun – as He prepares us for something great. Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai, getting the Ten Commandments from God, along with many other rules and promises from God. Moses was alone for that time, talking with God. Then they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Another important “forty” in a waiting period was Jesus in the desert for forty days before he started his preaching and miracles. He was hungry, thirsty, tired, and tempted. There are many other examples in the bible of great thing with the number forty, and great things that come after periods of waiting on Him to show us what’s next.
Well guess what? It’s been forty-two months from the time VLC started until now, as we move into the new building!! That’s pretty close to forty! (I guess we’re a little slow and needed an extra two months! Just kidding.) That time of coming in at 6 AM to setup, tearing things down each week, not being able to meet at the school during the week, and many other things that we’ve been doing for forty-two months are now coming to a close. It was not a time wasted, but a time God used to prepare us for something greater, and something to bring Him even more glory.
What are you waiting for personally? I know that in my times and seasons of waiting, anxiously saying, “I’m ready God, let’s go,” that I’m focused on what I’m waiting for instead of what God has for me in the time I’m currently in. In our waiting, we should continuously seek to know Him more. We should pray with the kind of prayers that Moses prayed in Exodus 32, knowing that our prayers matter and can change things. We should be listening to God, not just telling Him our plans, so that when He does say it’s time to move forward, that we will hear it and be ready.
“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.” – Ecclesiastes 11:4-5. Doesn’t it seem like we should have gotten a building a year or two ago? Doesn’t it seem like we should have had a shorter waiting period? Well clearly we “cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things,” so we know that His timing was perfect and His plans are sometimes beyond our comprehension. When it was time for God to give us this building and He said, “Ok, let’s go,” if we had people waiting for what they thought was the “perfect building,” or thinking we could not possibly pay for the one we got, then we would have missed this leap of faith. A leap of faith isn’t done in faith if we see all of the results and are certain things will go the way we expect them to.
To those of you who are waiting for something (and aren’t most of us always waiting for something?), continue to ask God how He can use you in this time to prepare you for what’s next. To those of you who are clearly hearing God tell you to trust Him and move forward in something, and you are standing at the edge of a cliff saying, “But I can’t see the bottom,” go forward in faith knowing that if He told you to do something, He will help you succeed, and if you happened to hear wrong and fail, He’s there to pick you back up again. Whether you are waiting or taking a leap of faith, seek to know Him more in both times. I look forward to continue waiting with those who wait, and rejoicing with those who rejoice, hearing your stories of what God does in both times of your life as our friendships continue on in the new building!
Jennifer Harris serves on the Hospitality Team and with the College and Young Singles bible study (FLI). She is a Photographer and Starbucks barista. Jennifer enjoys reading, singing, writing, and exploring new places.