Any time you attempt to change the way things are you will face opposition. Not meaning that people will disagree with what you are trying to attempt (though at times they will), but more that it will be difficult; you will hit road blocks, and sometimes you will even doubt why you are doing what you’re doing.
Days when these thoughts of doubt are prevalent, days when feeling defeated is predominant, days when questioning your motives, directions and decisions is ever present–these are the days that God usually shows up. God delivers when we need it.
God has come along side us several times when we are confused, discouraged, disheartened, and feeling beat. Usually it is in something small–a conversation with a friend on the streets, a success of an employee at Bud’s Warehouse, a donation from an unexpected place. God knows our needs, and tends to show up when he would be the only explanation for the blessing or the change.
He also knows that it is best for us to have a struggle, to work towards this goal, and to realize that we are not doing this on our own. We think that we would want God to just hand over everything that we need to start this coffee shop so we can get moving on the project, but if I had to run a non-profit coffee shop as a job training ministry today, it would definitely be a crash course. As we are raising funds, spending time on the streets, and learning about job training ministries, we are being shaped. We are being changed, We are being challenged.
Somedays we are uncomfortable with a struggle as we move forward in this process, and we have truly been struck by the beauty and growth found in the discomfort. We are wading into waters that on our own we would be completely insufficient to handle. The dependence upon God that is necessary for us to succeed is challenging and beautiful. It is shaping us and growing us. It is moving us to learn, to love, to be loved, to dream and to work hard.
Today I am struck by how beautiful it is to admit my limitations, and lean into the Creator of the Universe. Who better to lean into, learn from, and place our trust in?