Ready or Not, Here we go!
Have you ever watched those labor and delivery shows where the women are screaming with every contraction, panicking at the thought that I’m not ready…I haven’t finished the Nursery yet! All the while the doctor is calmly instructing “Breathe, Relax, Breathe and then finally PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!!!! ” Maybe you have been that woman yourself?
Whether you’ve heard the stories or lived them in real life, there is something significant about the birthing process! I always remind new parents, you will NEVER be “ready” for that new baby. No matter how diligent you were in that 9 month gestational season, there will always be something you didn’t plan for…but don’t worry, you will figure it out! And no matter how detailed “moms to be” are in their “nesting stage,” there still might be things that don’t get done. At the end of the day, as the due date approaches…your body says “it’s time,” and there is no turning back. You are about to experience the most intensely painful and beautiful moment of your life!
It is uncanny how similar church planting is to having a baby! The dream is conceived and given life, then it begins to grow. There are signs of nauseas and fear of the unknown mixed with the excitement of what is yet to be born. You are stretched in unimaginable ways as you learn to carry this dream that grows inside of you. You attend classes and training, prepare everything in advance to welcome this dream to life and then before you could ever be ready enough, the contractions start and the due date approaches!
In just 10 days, we officially start The Movement Church. I can’t sufficiently express the excitement, anxiety, expectancy and fear that go along with the birth of this dream! As Romans 8:22-25 (MSG) explains, We’ve been enlarged in the waiting with joyful expectancy for what is to come. We have prepared to the best of our ability and now the contractions have started. At any moment, I feel I could hyperventilate but I hear the voice of my father, God reminding me “Breathe, Relax, Breathe!” So for today, I will be still and know that He is God and joyfully enjoy the countdown until I hear Him say “PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!!!”
*I can’t wait to introduce The Movement Church to the world, but until then…here is a “sonogram picture” of what she will look like! theocmovement.com To meet her yourself, join us Sunday, September 9th at the Kalidescope Theatre in Mission Viejo, CA!