When my family moved to the beach, I was mostly sad to leave my church and the friends I had made there over anything else. It will be a year in August of living here and, before yesterday, I think I had tried 4-5 churches, either attending or watching the live stream. That really doesn’t seem like a lot… at all.
I have a lot of issues with the church based on my past… I need to feel comfortable and safe, not judged, where I can really be open to serving and beginning new relationships. Whether that’s right or wrong, that’s how I am. Everything in the past affects present decisions, for good or bad.
Well, my parents and I tried a new church yesterday. Several people had recommended I try it, but I went through a phase where I was discouraged and didn’t want to open myself up. Once the worship started, though, it was incredible!! I just felt at home. This church was so much smaller than my church back in Atlanta, but it felt exactly the same!
I don’t know how to describe it, but you know when you know! Church to me is set on the biblical model of the church, but it is also so important to fellowship and grow with others following Jesus, as well as to be in his presence. I really liked how that was brought up- we are present with God in the church, even if we don’t feel it because where two or more are gathered, He is WITH them (Matthew 18:19-20)! I’ll recap the full lesson in Wednesday’s post, as it is pretty in depth- so relevant to my life right now!!
But I’ll leave this song of praise here. It’s so powerful to proclaim my relationship with God and the promises and truths of his Word. I am feeling exactly how C.S. Lewis described when he quoted, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”