Detours, although sometimes a pain in the neck, serve a purpose. They may delay us from arriving at our ultimate destination but they also saved us from falling into a giant hole in the ground or driving off an unfinished bridge.
They are an essential aspect to life and our journey to The CENTER is about to take an exciting detour.
A Little Background Info…
In October, while Leanne and I were visiting New Orleans, a small seed of an idea was planted into my heart. I didn’t give it a whole lot of thought at that moment but as time went on I had many sleepless nights wrestling with God about this idea.
Over the past several months as Leanne and I have talked and prayed I thought that this idea would take shape after The CENTER was launched…kind of as an offshoot ministry. I was wrong and here’s why.
The CENTER is a giant undertaking in a city, who for the most part, does not trust new things or organizations. This presents obvious complications for the launch of a new community center. The image I got was of a giant cypress tree being planted with no roots. A tree like this would fall crashing to the ground at even the slightest disturbance.
It became abundantly clear that we needed to some how lay down some deep roots and make a name for ourselves in the community before we launched. The question was, how?
That is when God suddenly shoved this idea to the forefront.