Staying in Step
I spent last week in Denver to walk and pray; to meditate and reflect; and to look for potential places to live and have our church service. While I was there, I got to spend time with some good friends (some old and some new). I also got to attend some GREAT churches- and I can’t wait to join them in the mission to make disciples in this great city!
It was super-invigorating, but it was much harder work than I expected.
How do you choose a house in a city, when you don’t know where the church will be meeting, anyway? The question gets more complicated when you look at the price-tags in Denver. Needless to say, this will be a significant downsize for us (which we are excited about), but it will cost us more (which I’m not excited about).
One afternoon I was feeling particiularly stressed and overwhelmed by the work ahead of me. It came down to 2 things: 1) I was waaaay over-caffeinated - a clear side-effect of a city full of awesome coffee shops. and 2) I got out of step with the grace of God - a side-effect of ambition.
The solution to the first issue was to drink some water and take a walk. The solution to the second was to hit pause on the day and to seek God's face - fortunately these could be done at the same time.
As I walked and talked to God, He reminded me of Galatians 5:25...
"If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit."
Of particular importance in this moment was the reminder that:
1. God moves at a certain pace, and wherever He is His grace is also.
It's well documented that He's never late, and much to our own frustration at times, He's never early either.
2. His grace is found when we are in step with Him.
God had inspired me to go to Denver and scout out the city and look for space for our house and a space for our future service. But now was not the time to rent a house or start a church service- my ambition got ahead of Gods grace, and the stress was the indicator that I had
The grace of God was not there to rent a house and start the service - because that's NOT the step that I am on. The grace of God was there to look, study and learn because that's the step that I'm on.
All I had to do was pause. Listen. And get back in step.