Hello Vineyard

“Hello, hello, I don’t know why you say goodbye I say hello” – The Beatles

There are many twists and turns, rises and falls, on the road of life.  There are goodbye seasons, which can be bittersweet, and there are hello seasons, which are full of wonder and discovery. Sometimes God takes us down paths in our lives that are unexpected but the result is so amazing.

It’s like the father who is taking his son to his first trip to the zoo.  “Where are we going daddy?” the son asks.  “You’ll see,” says the father with the knowledge that his expectant son will absolutely love where they are going.  The father knows that when they get there his son will be excited and it will be a great experience and he will likely remember it for the rest of his life, so he holds back to get the pleasure of seeing that look of joy and discovery on his son’s face.  Our heavenly Father does that for us sometimes.  I really wish that I knew what was happening next, but God says, “Just wait, it’s going to be good,” and somehow He loves that element of surprise.  God knows, we don’t, and He’s good with that.  The little boy trusts his daddy, just as we should trust our Daddy in heaven.

Dina and I have been in a transition period in our lives.  Transitions are uncomfortable and this particular season was the most painful and difficult of Dina’s and my life. Always there is the unknown, and many times we asked, what’s next Father?  In response our loving God opened up door after door to lead us to a group of Jesus-followers that have a refreshing purity about them in their walk with the Lord and their fellowship with each other; so much so that it seems a special impartation of the Holy Spirit loves this place and has taken up residency there.  In hindsight, the road to this church was an easy one.  An email from an old friend, a coffee with a new friend, meeting, greeting, connecting, praying, plugging in, God speaking, and finally a sense of peace.  I wish all life decisions were this smooth.  In a time when Dina and I could have been hard-headed about what’s next and laid out our own agenda of what the future should look like, God had a special plan for us.  And now that we are here, full of wonder, we absolutely love it.

Isaiah 40:31 says “but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  We had patience and let the Lord lead us.  There really is no other choice.  You must trust.  www.vineyardcs.org

5 Responses to “Hello Vineyard”

  1. May 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Great news, Mike! It’s cool to see how much the Vineyard resonates with your heart. I can understand how it’d quickly feel like home for you. 🙂

  2. 2 Ashleigh Slater
    May 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats, Mike! We are excited for you, Dina, Julian, and Jasmine. By the way, I spent my teen years in Vineyard churches in both Florida and California. 🙂

  3. 3 Julian
    May 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay! It’s great to be at a good place again (that also doesn’t make me but box around my amp (lol)!


  4. 4 Jasmine
    May 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I have to say that it is good to know that we are where God wants us in this season…whether it is a vineyard or not, it is good to know that we’re following Him. ^_^

    Plus…I get to help jumpstart the…fuel/flame/jesus mafia/youth group thing….eh?

  5. 5 Confucius
    May 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    The “box” is but an experiencial lesson in life, weedhopper……when you can play and not wrinkle the box, you will be ready…………….

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