Vacations are great. Getting there. And back. Well, maybe not so much. So we just came back from vacation last weekend. It was great. Except the
massive amount of rain. Anyway, I was not looking forward to the long car trip back. I felt like saying a million times, “Are we there, yet?” It was hot. We had to stop a bunch of times. It took forever. Not really. Just a long
So on our “adventure” home, we stopped for lunch. We ended up at a building that had two restaurants. The choice was pizza or subs. We let our daughter decide which one. It was, after all, the last day of vacation. She picked pizza.
We realized after we let her pick, that there wasn’t a place to sit at the pizza place. It was pick up only. It wasn’t exactly what we had planned! So we tried to find a place to park nearby to eat our lunch. Stick with me, because I’m almost to the good part. We ended up in a church parking lot.
While eating my hot pizza in the hot sun, I gazed upon the building. It looked rather new. I can’t pinpoint exactly how I knew this, but I was pretty sure by the end of my second slice that the building was rebuilt after a fire. When we left, I realized that there was a garden on the other side of the building with a bell in the center. I just had to know. Had they gone through the same difficulties that we had?
I looked it up. I was right. They did experience a building fire. And they have a new building. It was encouraging. To see for myself a church that had one building destroyed and another in its place gave me hope and excitement as we prepare for a new building.
Just this month we remembered the second anniversary of our building fire. I am asked frequently about the new building. Sometimes I find myself thinking, “Are we there, yet?” And God answers, “Not yet!” A building will be great. Don’t get me wrong. But there is so much great stuff happening without a building.
God knew my daughter would choose pizza. God knew my family would stop at a church parking lot. God knew that I could use some encouragement.
We may not have a building…yet…but God is building us up a church. It’s so exciting to be just a little part of it. If you haven’t checked us out, please do. See what it’s like for our church to be a church without a building. It’s pretty cool!
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.