Welcome back to the Riddles of the Wise walk through Proverbs!
Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
This verse is the reason I’m a pastor at Red Rocks Church. Once I embraced the truth in this one spiritual principle, the entire direction of my life was altered for good.
Almost a decade ago, Jill and I decided we were going to start a church that would be welcoming to everyone, non-judgmental, practical, real, and fun. We picked Denver because it had a young median age, it had the highest bachelor degree per capita of any city in the country, and there was a lack of churches actually reaching lost people. I envisioned a trendy, cool, and cutting edge church. Brian and Kelly Zibell joined us, and we had decided that Wash Park would be perfect for this new, trendy church. It was a beautiful area, and was filled with young, hip, active, and educated Denver-ites. So, we were set.
Chad called me one day and said, “Hey, if you’re going to start a church in Denver, you should at least go meet my brother Scott. He’s staring a youth outreach in a theme park.” BZ and I agreed to meet him, making the almost hilarious trek up through Heritage Square to meet Scott and Todd. BZ and I were trying to hold back laughter as they told us how excited they were to launch this new ministry – in a theme park. Scott asked me what I was doing in Denver, I told him, and in about 30 seconds he said, “Well, this is actually going to be a full-fledged church now, not just a youth outreach center. We need a senior pastor. Why don’t you be the pastor of this church?”
BZ begged me not to consider it. And, how could you blame him? They were starting a church in Heritage Square, which was a run-down, pathetic excuse for a theme park that was more scary than inviting. It was the opposite of hip, trendy, and cool. It was gross, decrepit, and felt dangerous. Long story short, we all knew it was God’s plan for us. It was totally unexpected, completely out of left field, and totally God’s will for us.
Before we met Scott and Todd, we had made great plans in our hearts. But, because we were walking forward (and asking God to be in charge), he directed our steps in ways we could never have imagined. Today, we are so thankful for God’s guidance because He has allowed Red Rocks Church to minister to thousands.
We do our best to make plans. We move on it. But, we must always give God full permission to change the direction at any time in any way He sees fit. If we do that, He guides, He protects, and He leads us to our best possible lives!
Be encouraged today. God’s got your future under control!
Have a great day!