I have recently discovered this verse, and I have fallen in love with it!
Psalm 27:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
I can say with full assurance that I have already seen the goodness of the Lord. These past few weeks have been overwhelming reminders of his goodness and faithfulness. We started our church launch two weeks ago with 533 in attendance. All the literature I’ve read says to launch large in order to maintain attendance. At this point, that seems like a good launch! We have 420 seats in our sanctuary, so we need to bring in extras to accommodate all the people.
We have had two services since then, and we have stayed at 365, and 370 in attendance. Obviously you expect a drop in people after a big launch, but this is still an amazing number. We had 30 salvations our first Sunday. What an amazing gift. We have continued to have salvations, and we have continued to have new visitors fill out our connection cards. I run the check in area for our kids ministry, and I have continued to have a small stack of first time kids in our area.
God is good. He gave us a dream long ago that is being lived out. I have seen his goodness, and I continue to see it loved out in my life.