When people are new to any situation, be it a job, a relationship, a church, they are leery of sudden changes or abrupt movements that could cause it all to come “crashing down.” I was thinking about this while at church this morning, listening to the pastor explain to the congregation how we are moving to a new location next weekend. I knew about this move and am completely fine with it. I had to stop, however, and think about what it would be like for someone completely new to hear these words. Someone who had been out of the church for months (years) and just came to service for the first time because they received a postcard in the mail. Or someone who had always hated church and didn’t really want to risk getting hurt (again) but decided to come today just to hear a good word and receive some kind of hope. I thought about what this move would sound like to those new ears, and it literally made me smile.
You see, as my pastor always says, we aren’t a church defined by a building. We don’t lose our identity simply because we are moving to a different location. What makes us God’s church is the people! And I smiled today trusting God to continue to send more people, and to give peace to those who are already sitting in the seats. God just asks us to have a little faith, and He can perform miracles from our small amount of trust! Isn’t this reassuring?
Just have a little faith… just because we are moving doesn’t mean God isn’t!