On Monday, I went on to a prayer retreat to ‘the praying ladies’. This day is my one true sabbath, a day when I completely retreat from the outside world into the presence of God. I think that if it were not for these days, I would be locked away somewhere in a padded cell.
Anyway, as I was waiting on God I felt led to 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.
I believe God is saying that in many respects what we are seeking to do in Brick Lane is a new thing that he has revealed to us by His Spirit. This is exciting, and it also enables me to answer the question that I always inevitably face, which is, “Is this happening anywhere else?” I believe God’s answer to this is, “No!” – as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. I was reminded that not even I, as the person casting the vision, have even begun to conceive of all that God has prepared.
This became apparent the following day. One of our trustees mentioned the vision for a cafe church whilst at a gathering of business people at HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton). It sparked a great deal of interest which is beginning to open up doors of exciting possibilities (this is all I will say at the moment).
God is doing his thing with this and I am just so grateful that I get to enjoy the ride. But I felt that God was saying more as I rested in his presence. He led me to Isaiah 64, and to two verses in particular: 1) “Oh Lord that you would rend the heavens and come down… come down to make your name known.” I understood this as God saying that he is coming to reveal himself in Brick Lane. 2) “O Lord you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Again, this points to the fact that all this belongs to God and that He will mold Life Cafe Church as a piece of clay into something that will bring Glory to His name.
And finally the word I want to leave with you is the same word that a friend gave to me this week from Habakkuk 2:3 “Thou it tarries, it will not tarry” (KJV), or for the NIV people, “Though it linger wait for it, it will certainly come.” What we are looking to do in Brick Lane is tarrying, but it will not tarry.