“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” (Psalm 28:7)
“The Very Last First Time” — this is the title of a book I often read with my kids. It tells the story of an Inuit girl who gets to go by herself under the ice for the first time to collect mussels for her family. The story came to mind as I think about the past six months. Our Children’s Ministry has had quite a journey and has had a lot of “firsts” over this past summer including some of the following:
- we had our first Children’s Ministry intern
- we completed our first entire season at the Main Farmers’ Market
- we volunteered for the first time at the Main Event
- we partnered with the community activities group for the first time to run an event
- we started having morning services for the first time, as a congregation
These ‘firsts’ that we, as a ministry and as a church, have accomplished have been such a blessing to be a part of, and it has been so exciting to see how God has been active and moving in our church and congregation as we mature and grow. When you think of a child who has accomplished something for the first time, like ride their bike, their face lights up with pride and excitement. We, as grown ups, are very similar – we have a sense of pride and accomplishment when we do something for the first time.
After all these ‘firsts’ that we have achieved, I look forward to 2013 and wonder what’s next and how God is going to use Celebration! Church, C! Station, or each of us as individuals in the Old Ottawa East community. There are already some exciting possibilities for the new year to build on existing relationships and create new ones in the community, but there is also anxiety over whether events will be successful, the challenges we will face, and the work that will be involved. But, I am reminded of the verse which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Considering this past summer, I am reminded that God provided opportunities, partnerships, connections, people, resources, and supplies for us to be able to accomplish what we did. I am confident that God will provide what we need in the upcoming year as we prepare for more new and exciting journeys. Although it may not be a ‘first,’ God will undoubtedly be glorified through our service and our commitment to making Him known in 2013!
Joyfully in Him,