So I know I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks. It really sucks too because my blog traffic had gotten really high (for me anyway), and now it’s down to nil. It’s just been really busy around here lately. Pastor “Big Time” has been conferencing and speaking all over the place, and I’ve been following him around riding his coattails 🙂
I’ve missed a couple of family night posts. I would try to make them up, but I’ll probably never get to them. So I’ll just start over again with tomorrow’s family night post. We plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Kingteam style.
For today though, I just want to blog about something AMAZING that happened in the life of Courageous Church. Last Thursday Shaun sent out one of his many mass emails. This one was about the need to raise $5000 for the down payment on a suite in the building where we hold services we’re hoping to renovate and use for many things like office space, and children’s ministry on Sunday morning. I actually rolled my eyes when I read the email and thought ‘there he goes again pulling stuff out of his rear (except I didn’t think “rear” exactly).
Now Shaun is famous for the BIG dreams and goals he sets. We’re complete opposites in this. I tend to think in more practical terms which I’m starting to see actually means small terms. Most of what he sets out to do I pretty much count out and deem impossible.
Well he and God have proved once again that I AM SO LAME! I didn’t think there was anyway we’d get $5000 by today. I’ve been planning our expanded children’s ministry for this magical date when the suite would be renovated and we could host more children than the conference room we currently use allows. But I thought it would take months b/c once again I’m lame and still limit what God can do. And I also limit Shaun’s ability to search God’s heart and follow His plans. He does this with a confidence I lack, and respect.
Friday after sending the mass email appeal, Shaun received an email from a man whose family had visited the Courageous Church a week ago. He said he had a donation he wanted to give to the church but wanted to hand it to Shaun in person. Of course me being me -I didn’t think much of it. We meet all types of weird and crazy people. I assumed this was another one of those.
You can guess where this is going….Shaun had breakfast with the man and he handed him over two checks: One for the church in the amount of $10,000!!! And one for our family (not for $10,000, but for an amount that helped and was sorely needed). Who just forks over $10,000? I tell you who- a man who has money but whose money doesn’t have him. Now it might not sound like much to some people. Especially if your church is big and well established. But ours isn’t. It’s small and new. No million dollar budgets over here.
I think God’s wondering how many times He has to allow me to be on the edge of a cliff before I’ll trust that He’s got a parachute, a plane, or more rock to rescue and/or sustain me? I mean seriously. I’ve had to trust Him sooo many times. And God has ALWAYS been there…ALWAYS.
When the odds were long (a C average student getting into Spelman College), when the way seemed dim (ok baptist preacher language there) and we didn’t know which way to go (Shaun losing a job-or multiple jobs actually :-), when we needed a miracle (the car accident, Kendi’s illness earlier this year)..God has NEVER forsaken us.
I’m going to work harder on trying God at His word and trusting Him for BIG things…because He’s certainly a BIG God!
Oh, and Shaun took the check to the bank and verified the funds…it’s all legit 🙂