My wife, Jennifer, and the resident Graystone Church Historian, Heath Hollandsworth, corrected me that it was Sunday, June 1, 2008 that we had the Ground Breaking service at the church property on Ozora Road (I said in my message yesterday that it was the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend in 2008.). It was Monday 5 years ago that our loan with the bank fell through, and we were unable to break ground on the new building. We had also cancelled Sports Camp that year because of the planned construction of the new building, and Jennifer and Melinda Hollandsworth, the founders of Sports Camp and former Graystone Volunteer Children’s Pastors, were pregnant with Jessie and Kate.
On Friday of that rough week in 2008, we had our Annual Graystone Golf Tournament. This is when my good friend and tennis partner, Matt Harvie, fell off the back of the golf cart and landed head first on the concrete cart path. He had a major head injury and was airlifted to Gwinnett Medical.. He was in a coma for over 1 month and almost didn’t wake up. He is alive and well today living with his wife and 5 kids. We no longer have an Annual Graystone Golf Tourney.
When I was sharing the story at church yesterday, my almost 14 year old daughter, Julia, was crying. She had never heard the story about the loan falling through and all the “hardships” Graystone had experienced. I think there are many reasons God allows us to go through difficult times, but one of the most important is that it causes us to depend on Him.
Building our first permanent building on Ozora Road was the hardest thing I have ever done in ministry. It was a total team effort from an incredibly generous and faithful Graystone Church family and friends. I think because it took so much faith and perseverance, we appreciate it even more. Every time I see the 40 foot high church building appear in the clearing beyond the trees as I’m driving up Ozora Road, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness and His ability to “do immeasurably more that we can ask or IMAGINE”. Sometimes I get a little teary-eyed when I pull into the Ozora campus parking lot…not that I am a crier or anything.
God is GREAT!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21