“Fish or cut bait!”…”Piss or get off the pot!”…These are expressions that come to mind when I saw this GIF.
The last month has been very intense, filled with work and change at the church. I’m very excited about what this congregation has accomplished so far! This small band of faithful people who believe in what God is doing at 7850 Holmes Rd. has proven to be tenacious. They could have found others places to worship or ways to spend their Sunday mornings, but instead they keep grabbing ahold of the promise that God has a plan for them.
Although a significant visual change to the sanctuary has occurred (12 pews removed and tables and chairs moved in) so that Breakfast Church can be experienced, things are about to get more “real” in the upcoming months. And this truth made me laugh at this GIF. The church is a lot like that kitten…curious about expanding its experience, but timid about actually taking the leap! It reminds me of these scriptures…
The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all their neighbors in the Arabah, in the hill country and in the lowland and in the Negeb and by the seacoast, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their offspring after them.’
‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’
You see, Breakfast Church is just a stopping point for this community. The congregation voted last year to make a radical change to renovate the sanctuary into a coffeehouse café bar. The architect has made conceptual drawings and we have hired a general contractor to do the construction. But now the “real” part is about to begin: raising money to make this vision a reality. And there is a palpable sense that this part of the journey is scary…”how do we pay for it??” And we could easily get stuck at the top, timidly wondering if we really can take the leap. But you see, God is that momma cat…about to just shove the congregation off the edge—”fish or cut bait!” I believe in God’s promises. I believe God is doing something huge at 7850 Holmes Rd. And I believe that there are others God is leading to join this congregation to make bold new steps for the Kingdom of God (not for South-Broadland explicitly). If it’s you, don’t wait…just take the leap! But we will still be excited to have you join us even if God has to shove you first!