Our church (Midtown Fellowship) has been meeting for five years. We have 450-ish members, 60-something small groups, and around 800 people coming.
And we have never (except for a VERY brief stint) had services on Sunday mornings.
Can you believe that? (Just in case you don’t know, that is extremely rare.)
We’ve begged and pleaded with God to give us a space to meet on Sunday mornings. Because that’s when most people want to attend church services. Especially older people and families with children.
But for five years He said “Wait.” He certainly still blessed us in unimaginable ways. But with that seemingly very important thing, He said to wait.
So we did. And He still blessed us along the way.
And then yesterday, we finally had our first Sunday morning service (in addition to 4 other Sunday night services).
I’ll admit, none of us thought it would take five years to get that prayer answered.
But you know what we learned through it?
That God and His timing are worth waiting on.
That He’s good in the meantime.
That you don’t have to meet on Sunday mornings to be the church.
That sometimes you appreciate things more when you have to wait on them.
That God provides for us. Even with a bunch of young people and a ridiculously shoestring budget. He provides.
So. I bet there is probably something in your life that you are waiting for. Something you are praying and yearning for.
Maybe it’s a new job. One that you don’t hate.
Maybe it’s an acceptance letter from your dream school or a contract with a publisher.
Maybe it’s a husband or a wife.
Maybe it’s having a child.
Maybe it’s ______ , one of a thousand different things.
I have good news for you.
It’s not that if you just wait long enough, you’ll definitely get _______. Sorry. I could tell you that, but it’d be a lie. I don’t know if God will definitely give you what you’re waiting for.
The good news is that, in short, He is good and you get Him. A Father who gives good gifts to His children. And He grows and changes you along the way.
That’s actually better news than “You’ll definitely get _______.” Because He knows what’s best for you. You can trust Him. And He very well may give you _______ eventually.
But it’s okay if He doesn’t, because ______ is not a cure-all and it’s not the point and you still get Him. He is the real treasure and prize, so anything else is just icing on the cake.
He would have been good if we were a “Sunday night church” forever.
And He’ll be good if whatever you’re waiting for takes a really long time, or even never comes.
Because you’ll sit there without _______ and come to realize that you’re okay without it though you once thought you’d die if you didn’t get it. You’ll see that you have depth and relationship with your Father and you’ll be resolved that the immovable peace that He brings is better than a thousand _______’s.
So. The good news is:
If you have Him, you win either way.