Thursday, January 10, 2008

God at Work

Then Jesus said, "God's kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The seed sprouts and grows—he has no idea how it happens. The earth does it all without his help: first a green stem of grass, then a bud, then the ripened grain. When the grain is fully formed, he reaps—harvest time! - Mark 4 v 26 - 29

God spoke to me clearly this morning. This time last year we started working with an architect to develop our church facilities. Our church have really got behind the project committing to give £1m even before the initial drawings were available. We put together a great design team and came up with what we feel was a great design. We worked with our city planning team and they recommended the that planning be granted. Just before Christmas the our planning application was refused by the Building Control Committee. Obviously this was a big disappointment to us.

We are now working to address the committee's concerns but its is disappointing and frustrating when you get these types of setbacks. After a day of meetings yesterday this morning I would have to say I was felling a little low and pressurised about the situation. I then read the verse above.

All God asks us to do is plant and wait. We don't understand how it happens but God is at work underground bringing His plan to fruition. When the time is right he will act.

Thank you God. Its great to know that this depends on you and not me. I'm really looking forward to harvest time!


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