By MATT BUSH
My first experience leading as a coordinator for LOVE Week didn’t go exactly as planned. I was excited because as a part of the launch team at our first University City location, and our second location being built.. I could just see the momentum God was bringing to the area.
But after several meetings with a partner WE planned to work with – we could see THEY were just not going to be ready for this crazy thing we call LOVE Week.. The clock was ticking … LOVE Week was already underway… BUT GOD had something better in mind.
2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Isn’t it true that sometimes we have to GIVE UP OUR PLANS to SEE GOD’s PLAN FOR US? He always seems to show up when we least expect it. I went to Vance High School, and seemingly – randomly – met the varsity football coach as two-a-days were going on. I talked to him about LOVE Week, explained the vision, he caught my excitement and was on board.
Saturday morning’s event with Vance went beautifully – we cleaned their stadium/locker rooms. I was able to build on this relationship with coach, following up to pray for him. Two weeks later, he texted me to see if he could bring his entire football team to one of our worship experiences. You bet I said YES!
That Sunday, a bus with 68 students and staff on board pulled into the University City worship experience. They loved every minute – THE ENTIRE TEAM, STAFF, AND ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT WERE THERE TO SAY THANK YOU!
At least three of the people on that bus gave their lives to Jesus that morning.
Members of the coaching staff have returned several times to visit us, even after lots of tears and hugs! I am blown away by God allowing me to play a small part in their story. I can’t wait to see all that God does as the relationship grows!
The love of Jesus is PERSISTENT – We serve during LOVE Week “so that” even when OUR plans seem to fail, HIS PLAN is there – HE draws people nearer to himself, and we get to see the miraculous results.