For a while now, I’ve been dreading hearing about how important community is. I’ve ignored videos and short Devotionals that mention its importance in the life of a believer.
Whenever I’d hear anything about community, I would think to myself, “I know that already!” I didn’t want to hear about it because what’s the point of knowing it if you can’t have it? Would you see a hungry person and tell him or her, “Food is important”? He or she already knows. And that’s just how I felt.
I’ve felt both the need and the lack of community and I had just about given up on the idea that I would experience it the way I dreamed it, when God brought me in contact with the people of City Life Church (North Hollywood). I experienced warmth from the door to the church, and from the church to the gate. My dream of meeting a group of believers with such love and understanding was finally real. The life group I joined the next day was even more beautiful. I’m grateful for all the wonderful people at City Life Church! I love you guys, and I hope you see this some time.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that God’s word is true. If He promises something, even when it seems like it’s not coming, He keeps to His word. He says “I love you, and I gave you my Son. What could I ever keep from you?” (Romans 8:32 paraphrased) If He promises to provide all we need, including a community of loving believers, then He will. He loves us too much to leave us in the dark. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, The Lord is still our Shepherd.
My point of writing this isn’t particularly about community, but about God’s love. It’s constant. It encompasses everything! I’m so encouraged to trust Him more for things that I had given up on, and I hope you are as well. And if community is what you need, trust. Wait. Be joyful while you’re waiting. Love while you’re waiting. I know it’s not easy but that’s why I’m sharing this. I hope you’re encouraged just as I have been.
Thank You Lord for Your church! Thank You for Your love; I love You too! 😀