There are all kinds of tools for guidance: maps, compasses, some use a GPS to find their way. I’m sure that everyone reading this has also received directions from someone they trust. This guidance may be the best, for it comes from someone who has been where you want to travel.
I thought about this as I was contemplating the next couple of days. We have a potential planter coming to look around the O’Hare Airport area. I spent the day putting together packets of information on Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines, Niles and Park Ridge (to name a few of the cities we are looking at). Friday and Saturday, I am going to walk the ground of these different cities along with the man and his family to see if there is a place that feels “right” for them.
This has been the way we have done the location search for our last two plants around O’Hare. We have walked the ground and prayed for guidance. We want to put our planters and their families in the place where God wants them to be, for we know the place that “fits” will be the right place for them.
I was reminded of what the leaders of Israel told the people prior to entering the Promised Land, “When you see the ark of the covenant of teh Lord your God, and the priests, who are carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” Joshua 3: 3-4
I know that I need to totally rely on God, for in so many ways as we start new churches, I continue to have these “never been this way before” moments. Honestly, I am looking forward to seeing what God reveals during the next few days as we walk and pray in the cities around O’Hare. God knows where plant #3 needs to go, it’s our job to go, listen and then follow him. More on this to come…