Since I have been bogged by anxiety, and I am better a writer than a speaker; that I probably said too much of something and too less of the other, and words are just thoughtlessly rolling off my mouth that it’s hard to grasp the Word (which was sent to me even before I opened that brief), I am sending you this. I’ll try to make it short; but remember, that night, I promised you 7:30, we ended up at 8:00. You know what to expect.
First of all, congratulations on making it alive. And keeping it alive. You are at that age where you’ll be learning your way through the world, start believing things, start doubting things. This is the age where you take a stand for something; invest yourself in it so much that you wouldn’t even know if it’s right or wrong. That’s okay. Make mistakes. But pray you don’t go to far that you cannot see that point of return. There’s always that point, by the way. Thank God’s Scandal of Grace.
By the way, thank you, Graniel, for your Scandal of Grace.
I’ve been talking about walls because I knew about them. I lived in them. I crumpled and folded myself to fit inside the ones I made by hand. I also burned myself while at that. Yes, walls keep you. Walls protect you. Walls mark your territories. But walls will hold you in and restrain you when you should have been growing bigger. You’re a tree. God has planted you. Don’t grow in. Grow out.
If I have been sat on my chair during worship, that’s because I’m inwardly being a stage mum to a group of kids who aren’t even mine, but I am so damn proud of that every hit and every chorus sends me celebrating and thanking God for this moment. I didn’t came here to send a message. I came here for you. And I was blessed. I tweeted that.
Before this day, the word came to me at the back of the envelope where I was sent the brief, but I never got to look at it. When I stood there, I just did what I knew best – not a sermon, but telling a story. A story of hope, and of people in the Bible who anchored their hopes to God when the going gets tough. And kids, I tell you, the going will get tough. And you know what they say…
The faithful gets going.
You wrote your dreams on paper. That was yours. I did that too, back in 2008, during a conference where we got home, screaming, “Pursue, overtake, recover all!” Two of the people we rode with went different directions, but I know that when we yell those words back, they’ll remember.
I am glad to tell you that some of the things I wrote on that list came true. One of them, I’m on my way. You see, it’s not just God working for your dreams. You have to meet Him. That’s why I had you walk. There will be a distance, but you got to close in that distance. Pray. Do. Act on it.
These are the verses I had for you, just in case you needed reference. By reference, I failed to mention, because, I dawdled too much. Forgive me.
- COLLAPSE. Joshua 6:20: “When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged.”
- UNSCATHED. Daniel 6:23: “The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.“
- BIGGER THAN WHAT SURROUNDS YOU. 2 Kings 6:17: “So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.“
From here on, the road you’ll have is fun but not easy. I don’t know if I told the right things, but I am assured that things have been told, and things that come out in the Name of Jesus have their power, so whether mine was perfect or needed editing, it didn’t matter. Nothing mattered than you and your personal walk with Christ.