REST IN GREEN MEADOWS
I will never forget the day I was reading and reflecting on Scripture and God made it clear to me I was going to lead a church. The Scripture I was reading that day was Psalm 23, which says:
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.”
I thought to myself, “That’s the church”. The church is the Bride of Christ and reminds us how much our Lord loves us and that he is all that we will ever need. The church – a place where we can find rest and prepare for another week in the battlefield of life. Where we can be led to God’s peace, a peace that passes all understanding. Where we can be renewed in his strength and guided down his path towards our purpose in life. And when we are living our God-given purpose, we aren’t just going to church – we are being the church and when that happens, God is glorified and we bring honor to his name.
After reading Psalm 23 that day, I knew God was calling me to lead a church called Meadows.
When we are living our God-given purpose, we aren’t just going to church – we are being the church.
THE NEXT QUESTION WAS “WHERE?”
Of course, my first thought was “If my family and I are relocating then we’re going somewhere warmer than South Dakota! Somewhere like Dallas, it’s definitely warmer there! After all God, it’s all about us right!?” Then, one day while having a conversation with my pastor, he asked me to pray about Omaha and went on to say that there were no Wesleyan churches there. “Omaha?” Now I had nothing against Omaha, of course my family and I love the zoo, but I thought “it still snows there right!?” And it was like God whispered “You asked for warmer, and it’s warmer!” (Note – be very specific when you pray!) Anyway, my wife and I started praying about Omaha and researching the area and it became very clear that Omaha, specifically southern Omaha / Sarpy County was experiencing incredible growth. And one thing I know is this – where there are lots of people, there are hurting people, divorced people, addicted people, lost people, broken people – people who need the love of Jesus and His Church. And the more we visited and got to know the people and listen to their stories, the more we fell in love with them and the mission God had put before us. God has great plans for the Omaha area and the best is yet to come!!!
…and where there are lots of people there are hurting people, divorced people, addicted people, lost people, broken people – people who need the love of Jesus and His Church.