Last night was a tough one for my wife Dawn and I. We closed the church we have led for the last 10 years and while we know that God has something great for us and confirmed that this door was closing, it was definitely bittersweet. We’ve been ministering with the core group folks for over 15 years. They planted with us and they closed it with us. They stuck with us through thick and thin and parting was really, really difficult. It was time and we all knew it, but tears flowed as we locked the doors on New Creation for the last time.
A thousand questions run through your mind at a time like this. A ton of “what ifs” circulate through my psyche but to be honest, none of that matters. God closed the door and I know that God is not always predictable, but He is ALWAYS good. I know God used that congregation to grow us, perhaps me most of all (most of what I share in this and my speaking ministry and nearly everything I know about leadership was learned at New Creation). I know God walked with us through every trial and every victory. I know He used us to touch hearts and change lives and I know that any congregation that receives “my people” receives a blessing. I know they will always be in my heart and I’ve always known they love me and for that I am grateful.
There are aspects of all of this that feel a little unfinished, and that’s okay. Scripture says “He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.” God started it and God will finish it. This door has closed for us, and I know He is opening another and I believe it will be good, because I know God is good!
In your own life it’s the same way. God opens and closes doors. It’s okay, trust him and be faithful. He began the good work and He will complete it. We should praise Him because He allows us to join Him on the journey.
God is good!