Since childhood, I have been all too familiar with the number 98.6. Before I even understood what a decimal point was, I understood 98.6. Before I could count to a hundred, I knew what 98.6 was. It was the red arrow line on an old fashion mercury glass thermometer saying that my temperature was normal.

There were times when I wished that I had a slight fever so I could stay home from school. Other times, I prayed (as only a child could) that the mercury would be at or under the red arrow line so I could go outside and play. In either case, it was the magic number… 98.6.

98.6 now has a significant meaning in the life and times of Evergreen SGV. On Sunday, February 26, 2017, the votes that were cast for the candidate presented to become the next Senior Pastor of Evergreen SGV were counted.

The results were 296 yes, 4 no, and 3 abstentions. Of the 300 votes casts as either a yes or a no, 98.6% of them were in the affirmative. It was a landslide.

What does 98.6% mean now? It means that Rocky Seto was overwhelmingly affirmed as the next Senior Pastor of Evergreen SGV. It means that our church family believes that Rocky is God’s chosen man to lead our church family for years to come. It means that we believe that this is a God-initiated succession. It means that the period of transition can begin with confidence that we are in the will of God. It means that Rocky will have the unmitigated support of the members of Evergreen SGV. It means that God is good.

As for me, 98.6 has taken on a whole new meaning. No longer is that number just about the average normal temperature of a human body as created by God. Instead, whenever I take my temperature, I will be reminded of God’s goodness to our church family.

Starting with the next blog, I will share about The Road to Succession and the lessons learned.

Finally, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:20-21, which says, “20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Indeed, God has provided “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think”. To Him be the glory.

Something to think about…