This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday– write for five minutes on a one word prompt.
The prompt today is “embrace.”
Just over a year ago I had a moment that changed my life.
A group that I had begun to get involved with in my church was beginning to transition into becoming a new church plant, and each person had been asked to make a decision about whether or not we were going to be part of it.
My initial reaction was that my answer would be “no.” There were too many uncertainties and unknowns, too much fear about how it would turn out, too much concern that, while I applauded their vision, it wasn’t something I saw myself fitting in to.
But then there was that moment with God.
It was quiet and subtle from the outside, but totally transformative inwardly, and I knew that the answer had to be “yes,” that I had to set aside my fears and concerns and embrace this community. I had to surrender (which was my word for the year)- give up my own will and embrace God’s.
A year later, I look back on this as one of the best decisions I have made. As I have embraced this community, I have found myself embraced by them. I feel valued and cared for in a way I hadn’t felt at church for a long time. I feel included, rather than on the edge. I feel I can be myself and be accepted. And I see how God is using us in this community and I am excited by plans for the future.
I don’t mean to say that our church is perfect. Of course there have been difficulties and frustrations, and there are still several uncertainties about the way ahead.
But I’m thankful to be in this place. As I laid aside my own will to embrace God’s, it has led to blessings far greater than I would ever have imagined, and it encourages me that he really does know best.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)