Oh my friends, God was so good this weekend.
We had around 200 people in our church this weekend, as we hosted our districts Annual Meeting and Celebration.
The meeting started with a two hour prayer gathering. We worshipped and prayed together corporately. As the theme of the weekend was prayer, it was a good way to start.
When we entered into the general session after lunch, God just really moved in my heart. I was helping lead the worship, and was standing up there watching others get moved in worshiping our great God. The Spirit was tangible there as nearly 200 people gathered together singing praise. God moved in my heart as well.
We were in the middle of the second song, and the thought ran through my head (and heart) that if God had told me a year ago, even 6 months ago that I would be helping lead worship for our district's Annual Meeting, I would have called Him crazy!!! As that thought came to me, it just hit me how much He has done in me. Yes, I am still struggling with depression and still have some heavy stuff I am working through right now even, but Oh! How He filled me with such joy and thankfulness right then and there.
I was to the point that I wanted to spread my arms out (I did with one arm in the middle of the song - but it's hard to do that with both when you are still supposed to sing into the mic.) lift my face to Him, and then fall on my face, just in awe.
I couldn't hold still up front with all the joy that was in me. I felt lit up by Him. I don't know how else to describe it. It was an amazing feeling!
Later, when I talked with my friend Cindy, I told her I couldn't believe what God had done in the middle of that set of music, and she gave me a big squeeze and said that she knew, she could see it, and she was dancing in the streets right along with me.
God is so good that way. He lifted me up and strengthened me for this incredibly big and busy weekend. He held me up when I was exhausted, and energized me even what I thought I was running on fumes.
He filled me with so much joy, I thought I would burst!
He did all this because He knew what I faced this week. He knew better than I did what I would have to have to be able to make it through this week.
As I walked into my day Monday, I knew right then and there that God had filled me with joy and a sense of having done my job very well. A knowing that it was Him working in me that accomplished so very much over the weekend. Because the things I faced on Monday, through counseling and coming to terms with some of those things were extremely heavy and hard and I needed the "joy strength" He gave me to deal with the shame and flood of other negative emotions that hit me as I started to process other things.
That in and of itself is another story. Another post.
This one is to remind me (and you) that no matter what I am going through, no matter what we are going through, God sees it, has already seen it and has prepared us for it. Sometimes (most times) we don't feel prepared, but that still doesn't negate the truth that He is there, He is our strength and He is the only one who will get us through the storms. Sometimes He strengthens us before, sometimes in, and always through everything we go through.
Thank you Jesus!
I have this hanging on my wall, given to me by a friend just before the Annual Meeting. It's hanging right where I can see it all the time. It seems to be very appropriate for me today and every day.
THE LORD IS MY ROCK AND MY FORTRESS AND MY DELIVERER, MY GOD, MY STRENGTH IN WHOM I WILL TRUST.