|I wonder what lies ahead?|
Wintergreen, VA, path to a waterfall
Are turning points evidence of God’s presence? They certainly have been for me. I remember well the conversation that became a turning point in what I think of as the “light rail mess,” but my memory of the timing of the conversation is a bit vague.
It was either not long before the meeting with the Transit people – or not long afterwards – Aldersgate had an Administrative Council meeting. After the meeting had concluded, I leaned in to the woman sitting to my right and said something like, “Maybe we ought to get the heck out of Dodge before light rail construction begins.”
“What would we do?” she asked.
“I dunno,” I replied. “Maybe sell the property and relocate?”
My comments only appeared to be off-hand. I wanted to see how she would react – I expected her to swat me upside the head, so to speak. This particular person had a huge emotional investment in both the church’s preschool and in the new sanctuary. But she didn’t swat me upside the head. Instead she looked at me sideways and said, “This property is worth a lot of money.”
“Really? How much?” I asked.
She named an absurdly large figure.
“Who would buy it for that price?,” I asked.
Are you kidding? Why, St. Thomas More Catholic Church next door and UNC would have a bidding war for the property, she said. We are situated in a very valuable location.
I wondered to myself: Even with an elevated light rail coming within spitting distance of the building?
“Well, we don’t have to worry about it for three years,” I said.
And then came the entirely unexpected turning point.
“We don’t have three years,” she replied. “If you’re serious, you need to talk with this church now. In three years, there won’t be enough energy left in this church to do anything.”
I thought to myself: She’s right.