Leading up to Grace Church's 25th Anniversary, we are counting down the days by posting 25 blog posts in 25 days by 25 authors (well, 24. Dave wrote twice). The post below is one of these posts. Need tickets to the 25th Anniversary celebration at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on September 11, 2016? Get tickets here:†gracechurch.us/25.†
BY EMILY FERRARA, COMMUNICATIONS INTERN / GRACE CHURCH BLOOMINGTON
I feel like I have jumped aboard the crazy train that is leading to nowhere secure. You see, I am getting married in September and then moving to Bloomington with my new husband to be a part of the Bloomington church plant. Luke Wehner is going to a church plant resident which basically means we donít know what will happen next. I am a girl who loves me a little bit of crazy but I desperately need an ending date. Iíve studied abroad and traveled all over the place. I lived in Alabama (which let me tell you is a different world) and spent a summer in California making videos every day. Going into all of these different adventures I knew there was a day when I would go home. It would be over and I would pack my bags and I would get to sleep in my bed again and eat some of my momís delicious spaghetti.
This adventure is different. Luke and I donít have a go home date. Our crazy train doesnít really even have a destination. We do know that our next stop is Bloomington though. I could sit here and talk to you for hours about the things Iím scared about. I'm scared that I wonít have friends, Iím scared that it might be too much for our first year of marriage, Iím scared that I wonít be useful, and Iím so scared I wonít be able to find a job. But you guys! Every adventure I have been on has been worth it. It has been worth the fear and the unknown.
God has shown up time and time again in the midst of my leap of faith. Iíve learned more about myself and God in the middle of not knowing. Yes, I am still scared but I am also excited to see how God is going to show up in Bloomington. I get little tears in my eyes thinking about how life change is going to happen. Iíve been slowly collecting gold chargers for the dinner parties that will occur and I canít really even put into words my excitement about this.
Iím not a Grace Church native. I did not grow up here. I was never a Grace Kid and I have not been on a Merge retreat (although I really did want to in high school). I am just a girl who went on a trip to Toronto with Access three years ago and met the man I call my fiancť. Now God is going to use us, just a young newlywed couple, to help build His church in Bloomington. I am far from qualified. I truly donít even know what I will be doing. But I am extremely excited (and scared).
I want to run as fast as I can and grab all of my friends along the way to join me because God is good and he is going to do mighty things in Bloomington, Indiana.†