I was part of EN2010 held a week ago—a celebration held every three years by the Every Nation family of churches and ministries. Having a special assignment during this time was a long-time prayer of mine. Though I wasn’t exactly part of the audience and didn’t get to listen to most of the speakers there, I was still very much able to receive a revelation of how awesome He is. Truly, God cannot be kept in a box—He is bigger, wider, and more vast than our puny imaginations can conjure up.
Here are some of my highlights of the event:
1. Not getting to do what I expected I would do. I was given a different set of tasks totally different from what I initially expected I would do. In my ever-so-curious nature, I asked God why He allowed that to happen. Here’s what He impressed in my heart:
If I let you do that task, you’d no longer rely on me and instead rely on your own strength.
Talk about sobering! I love how God is so honest to us about His plans. I love how He wants us to rely on Him more and more and more and more! Truly, apart from Him, we can do nothing!
We hate going out of our comfort zone, especially when we’re used to doing certain things like clockwork. Yet there is a danger in letting routine take over your life—because there’s that tendency to become self-reliant and self-sufficient. God doesn’t want that—He wants us to cling to Him, hang on to Him, and trust Him for His awesome and amazing plans.
2. Perseverance leads to maturity. Edwin Navarro, one of our supervisors, shared this to us in one of our meetings (though he claims he doesn’t remember saying it haha). Out of all our pow-wow’s, this was the statement that stuck to me the most. I can’t even begin to explain how this little sentence helped me keep on keeping on. Then again, James says the exact same thing when he wrote his letter:
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4)
3. God is God. Period. I saw people from restricted nations, ones where publicly worshiping God equals capital punishment, stand on their chairs and praise God boldly, without fear of getting caught and killed. It was AWESOME.
God is God even in the darkest, most dangerous places. And I have faith that one day, someday, His light will shine there—and in all the world.
I can’t help but be emotional as I write about these things. Again, I may not have been part of the audience nor did I get to hear every preaching, but God still reveals Himself to us in every possible way imaginable.
I am still in sheer awe of who He is. May I never stop being such.
(Photos taken from EN2010.com. Used with permission)