This coming weekend, the Anoka campus will open its doors for the first time. I am excited about it, as I have been going to this church, in other locations, for about 6 months now, and it is so cool to me that it will be right next door to me. Little did I know that the old K-Mart that closed down a few years ago, would become the answer to my prayers, in more ways than one.
After the changes at Church of the Open Door happened that I was not happy about, I searched about for a new church home. I had heard of this place for years, but never wanted to check it out as I was quite happy at Open Door for about 20 years. But now with the unwanted changes, I decided to check it out last summer.
And I was glad. I felt at home right away, and a sense of relief, and peace. For so long I had not gone to Open Door, for various reasons, and I actually missed going to church. I used to hate church growing up, I thought it was meaningless. But after I chose to follow Jesus, I found a church that I liked. Now I was on the search again. Thankfully, the search didn't last as long as 20 years ago.
Not only that, ever since I moved here to my own place, I had been praying for my neighbors, along with others. I hate to admit that I get impatient with God in answering my prayers. But when I heard Eagle Brook was building a church in my own backyard, I was ecstatic! I couldn't believe it, how much closer could God get?
I am trying to learn patience these days. Sometimes I can get pretty good at it, but sometimes my moods swing, or someone irritates me and I lose it. I guess for me, it is a day by day process. I am trying to learn to be at peace no matter what, and to be patient. To remember that God has answered my many prayers over the years, and He has watched out for me for many years.
Even so, I sometimes forget, or get impatient and want my way. But I must remember that it usually works if I just give it to God and let Him do things His way. If I take over, I usually muck it up. But if I let Him takeover, He is faithful and will never leave me nor forsake me. Amen.