Galatians 6:9-10 rings true for me today. "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." I believe in God's promises. Every single one. But sometimes you have to wait patiently to see them fulfilled. This one in particular implies a season of waiting and hard work. The only guarantee is that we will reap the harvest if we are diligent in our labor for Christ. When we will reap the harvest? At the proper time.
Sometimes the proper time is six years. Sometimes the proper time is six months. About six months ago, our church went through the process of deciding how to move forward in regard to our style of music in our two weekly worship services. After a season of prayer, our body decided that we could best meet the needs of our community by offering two distinct worship styles rather than one blended option at both hours. We set August 24 as our target date to make this change, but there was no telling when the harvest would come. I was prepared to labor through a season of waiting if God ordained it.
No need. The Lord brought us the harvest this past Sunday. We broke our previous Sunday School attendance record by a God-sized margin. We had 1217 in attendance in Sunday School! Unfortunately, a head count in worship didn't take place, but both services were comfortably full. I think it's safe to say that we had over 1400 in our two worship services. Praise the Lord!
On top of that, we had 75 in choir last night. Thanks for your continued prayers for our ministry. I look forward to sharing more exciting updates in the days ahead.