In Paul Tournier’s A Place for You, the famous author depicted our Christian motion like that of a trapeze artist transitioning from one high bar to another in faith. He said that we live in a rhythm of life between quitting one place and seeking another.
In his analogy, the trapeze artist swings on a high bar to the utmost distance it can carry him, then turns loose, reaching courageously for the next bar.
There is a breathless suspense of mid-air placelessness. This is the anxiety of faith. It calls for hope. Everyone is holding his breath -- the artist as well as the watching crowd -- until the transition is safely made. The transition will never be made unless the trapeze artist (or the person of faith) finds enough hope to let go of the past and leap forward in faith.
That is much like the place where we are living today, isn’t it? And as we continue this journey, we must in the days ahead let go of where we’ve been and with faith and hope in God look forward to His plans for our future. In order to do that and to keep our eyes on the prize of God, our staff met in a mini-retreat this past Tuesday to look ahead and plan with faith-filled optimism for better days of Kingdom work.
Re-Ignite will be our coming theme for the RBC family and its future… God has been so good to us during these pandemic days, but we are already planning forward to re-igniting our work in a more complete, and expanded way. Now, that doesn’t mean we will be minimizing our safety protocols anytime soon. Many are returning to our weekly services and we may even add a 3rd service, if needed, to insure for the near future that we have plenty of “social-distancing” space… we are not there yet, there is still plenty of worship space, but we’re thinking, praying, watching and being proactive as we go forward for God.
Many have been added to our family. In fact, over 138 people have either trusted Christ, been baptized or joined our congregation in the past year. Wow! Who would have thought it with all the quarantine and COVID issues? I rejoice greatly, but I do not want to get content with where we are and where God wants to take us.
A few years ago God gave me this promise… “‘The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former’, says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace’, declares the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:9) I must admit, when COVID locked us down and changed our way, I asked the Lord about this promise He had given me, and He answered me with Habakkuk 2:3 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” So I am waiting, but I believe we are beginning to see a bit of what He has promised and so I am more excited about our church and our future than I can express to you. Let’s continue to be faithful. And let me ask you to begin getting “prayed-up” and ready, at the right time, to serve again somewhere as we seek to Bless God and Re-Ignite our work for His Kingdom.
And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone,