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The Door God Opened



I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  Revelation 3:8 

A big part of what God has done through Extreme Encounters has involved a lot of waiting. God made me the steward of the vision of a Disciplemaking training camp back in 2002. The first year of camp at EKC did not happen until 4 years later in 2006. Beyond this, our long term property at camp Cutteru did not become a reality until 9 years later in 2015. All of this development and change took time, but the door that God opened could not be shut.

As with anything and everything in life, waiting is not easy. We easily fall into a pattern of questioning God’s involvement in our lives, as we face many complications and forks in the road. Back in 2015, while we were overjoyed at the receiving of the property at Camp Cutteru, it was nowhere close to being ready to be a functional, year round, retreat center. Through the almost 4 years of work, God has remained the same. He has opened a door that cannot be shut. 

I am reminded of an incredible truth from Isaiah: 

"In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

The acknowledgement of God’s providence and plan requires a response from us. While knowing what door God has opened can be useful, are strength is in the quiet trust that whatever He wills is for our good and cannot be changed. So whether you have received specific direction from God or not, let us all find our strength in the quiet, patient waiting. Trust in the One who’s will cannot be changed.

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