It looks beautiful. Gorgeous lakes and mountains. Fantastic, loving people. Showing God’s love and plans for other people. 5-mile walks. And now, a bike ride to Starbucks.
Can I start out by saying how nice it is to be in a city with everything within 5 miles? I biked to Starbucks, which was only like a mile away. And I’ve walked all around town. Everything close makes a city so much more lively. I find it fun and adventurous to walk and bike places, since I don’t have a car here, which is a weird feeling.
Anywho, my first weekend here, and my fifth day here is about to conclude. Anytime someone is involved in a worship team or ministry, they can become busy or distracted. But at something like this, you can completely soak up everything God is doing. After being in like 5 services this week, I felt I needed to pour what God was giving me out. So I joined Bethel for a treasure hunt they did Saturday. Not the pirate-type treasure hunt, however. Here’s what they do for “treasure hunts.” They go into their city and pray for people. Not for everyone they come across, but for the people God highlights.
First, everyone meets together and prays for God to show them different things to search for when traveling throughout the city. Like hair color or clothing color of people, or different places, or people’s names, or random things like a windmill. Afterward, groups of like 4 pair up and compare their lists. Usually there will be similarities between people’s list, so then they go and search for what they feel God wants them to do. It may seem weird, like, “God is showing you where to go and who to pray for.” But it’s really not. All you do it pray and have God show you pictures or names or whatever. And the first things that come to mind, you write down. My team went out, and nothing crazy happened or any healings, but we got to encourage some people and explain to them how much God loves them and how he has a plan for each of them. One thing God showed was someone with red and blue clothing, like patriotic colors.
Toward the end of our journey, we stopped at an In-N-Out, which is a California burger joint. It was my first time. Pretty similar to 5 Guys, and about the same taste. We all noticed a guy like 16 years old who walked in with red and blue clothing, and all my group urged me to go up to him. At first, I tried making excuses to not go up to him, because I was scared. But then I realized God’s love and plans are way bigger than mine, so I need to forget about myself. I want up to him, and just talked with him, asking if he needed prayer for anything. He was around friends, and you know how much we try to impress those around us, so he was a little uncomfortable. He told me how life has been pretty sucky lately. So all I prayed was for God to reveal His love over him, and that His plan would be revealed to the guy. And that this time would not last long, that God would transition into a better period in life. After that, he was really appreciative. Nothing may have happened right there, but I hope that it planted something inside of him that he would think about and hopefully move in action towards. Ministering to people, crazy miracles don’t have to happen. The deep problems require not only prayer, but a transformation of the mind, which can start with just one thought.
Later Saturday, I went and visited with some friends I’ve met this week. We started out with 7 people, then some people decided to have a worship night there, and within an hour, there were flipping like 20 people there. So for the next two hours, we had an acoustic guitar, flute, and cello worship night. It’s pretty cool to be around people that plan that kind of thing. I like the idea of it, I just couldn’t really connect too well. Honestly, since you can hear everyone in that atmosphere, I wanted to sound good and add cool harmonies to the sound. But my pride totally disrupted my worship, and pride will do that every single time. I’d say pride is the most difficult sin to deal with, because it’s a continual struggle. And where pride is, jealousy starts making you wish you had someone else’s life or ability, which is like saying to God, “Well thanks for making me the way I am. I guess you messed up.” Not good at all.
Today I went to the 8:30 am service at Bethel. Earliest service I’ve been to in a while. Good service, about men being virtuous and upholding moral excellence.
Thennnnnnnn, went with some friends to most gorgeous beach lake I’ve evvveerr been to. Picture’s at the bottom. The lake’s called Whiskey Town Lake. Freezing water, but beautiful place.
And noowwwww we’re here. Time to catch up on notes and teachings from this past week, and to get ready for another fantastic week of the School of Worship.
Thanks to everyone who’s reading. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and great morning in church.