In his heart a person plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
I talked about our decision to build on our land yesterday. You can download the Rooted to Reach Update. I took the full 30 minutes because it was more than an announcement. It was a case study in finding God's will. Finding God's will is not an efficient, tidy effort. It can be grueling, as was our process to determine where our home should be. But we need to be willing to do whatever it is we have to do to make sure we are on the right path.
"What" was never in question. We knew that we should move out of the mall. But the "Where" became a question when a number of people suggested buying Leever's. Suddenly it seemed like this might be a "God idea" and that made us pause and seriously consider it. We were willing to abandon our desire and go wherever God wanted, even if it didn't seem like the best place. We could see many good things about Leever's, primarily the location that would make us very present to this community. So, we pursued the ideas until "the wheels fell off" as we came to say.
Now that the wheels have fallen off, we are free to return to our original idea of building on our land. Some would say it was a waste of time to consider Leever's. Not me. Given the same situation I'd do it again. Once we move, we will be there for a LONG time. We couldn't afford to make the wrong move. And so if that required slowing down a bit to check out Leever's then that's what we had to do. I think it was a God honoring exercise. And God honors those that want to please him and do his will. I was confident that our motives were pure and God would ultimately make his will clear. I'm very proud of our LEAD Team and the many people from the congregation that we pulled into the process. There were countless meetings but it all paid off.
I say this because if you are seeking God's will in regard to a big issue in life I want to encourage you to do whatever you need to do to make sure you are honoring God. It's worth the time and effort. God will honor your hard work. He's looking for a people that seek him above all else.
If you have any specific questions about finding God's will I'd be happy to talk about it via email, facebook or in person.