On June 1, 2008, we had a ground breaking ceremony for Graystone Church. We had an outdoor worship service under the old pavilion on our church property, then everyone drove a stake in the ground outlining the footprint of our new building. I led us in a prayer of dedication, then we celebrated over a picnic lunch and outdoor sports. It was so exciting!
We planned to break ground the next day. Well, on June 2nd, our loan with the bank fell through. Then, all the other banks withdrew their pervious loan offers to us. For months and months, we could not get a loan to build Graystone’s first permanent church building. So we kept praying ALOT (Isn’t it interesting how we pray more when we go through difficult times?) and worshipping in the rented warehouse space.
Over the months, my faith weakened, and I began questioning God’s vision for Graystone Church. I started thinking, “Maybe God wants us to stay in the warehouse and not build the building. Maybe He just wants us to use the land for ball fields, youth events, Sports Camp and other activities.”
Then, one day I was reading the book of Haggai. Who reads the book of Haggai?
And directly from God’s word, we had a conversation. It went something like this.
“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says theLord.” Haggai 1:8
“God, how can we afford to build your house? We are in a down economy. People are losing their jobs and experiencing major pay cuts.
‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:8
“God, what if no one moves to the new building? What if our success is that everyone likes the warehouse?”
‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:9
“God, if we build the building, our expenses will double. Will we be able to afford it?”
“From this day forward I will bless you.” Haggai 2:19