Have you ever been in the right place at the right time? That’s a common phrase we hear when everthing falls into place just the way it should. Some people give credit to “the stars” for aligning perfectly. Some say it’s luck. Others give credit to their own efforts. I believe it is God who continually works on our behalf along with our obedience to Him that lands us in the right spot with the right opportunities.
Personally, I have been blown away watching things fall into place for my family as well as others since our meeting with Pastors Joe and Lori about planting our church in Australia. Our “getting into position” seemed to break the dam for a gush of details to play out the way God intended.
In April, Greg and I were leading our NorthWest satellite campus. Celebration Church was making plans to launch a second satellite in South Austin. Paul Mason, our Senior Associate Pastor and his wife Brooke, were slated to become the Pastors at the new campus. With news of us leaving for Australia, Joe and Lori quickly decided the Masons were the perfect fit at our campus instead. They chose Shawn and Amanda Bouldin, our Elementary Pastors, to lead the South Austin plant.
Thrilled with the changes, both couples gladly accepted the challenge of moving into new positions. Like dominoes falling in perfect alignment, many exciting breakthroughs happened in the days and weeks to come. Paul and Brooke’s house sold within the week. It had been on the market for months with no offers. The Bouldins had met with a realtor one week prior about selling their home to move South without any idea of what was to come. God was preparing them for what was next.
Soon thereafter, a permanent facility for the NW campus became available. Greg and I had been searching for a location to move out of our portable church setting for months with door after door being closed. I’m happy to report that construction has already been completed and the NW congregation moved into their new building on August 21st. That was the same day the South campus held its first service in a movie theater. It has been a busy four months!
I’m not saying these couples would have been in the wrong positions had Greg and I not moved out of the way when we did. Any number of things could have happened for God’s will to be done. I AM saying, however, that I’m glad we spoke up in April. The timing was perfect. We have watched these two awesome couples impact many lives through their leadership already. As they build these two campuses, this also fulfills our Pastors’ vision to impact Austin (Check out the “It is Austin” Facebook page and ‘Like’ it to hear that story).
A great example of someone being in the right place at the right time in the Bible is found in the book of Esther. Esther was chosen “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) to save an entire generation of Jews. Esther and her adoptive father, Mordecai exposed Haman’s evil plan to kill them to the King. She was in the palace in position to meet with the King at just the right time. This not only saved the Jews, but allowed Mordecai to be promoted to second-in-command of the empire. As they stepped out in faith when opportunity arose, promotion and freedom came forth. A common Jewish girl became Queen and Mordecai was named Prime Minister over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia! God used these two unlikely characters to save His people.
Each of us plays an important role on this earth. We never know what our daily obedience and faith might be setting up for the future. Small decisions like having the right attitude or reaching out to someone in need might be what lands us in positions that have great impact later on. Whether you are in Assyria, Austin or Australia, God wants to use YOU to influence the world. Let us not be afraid to say, “YES” to whatever it is God is asking us to do. It could very well be the “yes” that finds us in the right place at the right time.