I have a terrible memory. It’s not a “convenient memory” its a horrible memory. I can remember somethings, like dates, times, combination lock numbers, but for me to remember to pick up something at the grocery store, I need Steph to text me a list. So many times have I asked her if she talked to her parents when she had just told me something that they said only moments before. It’s a horrible memory.
Somethings however stand out in my mind. I will never forget Christmas as a child. I will never forget my friend Joey’s purple chopper bicycle or my first go cart, or my first car. My very first paycheck was something that I REALLY liked and won’t forget but I didn’t understand then and still don’t understand today how so much is taken out for taxes and insurance.
I will never forget the moment that I realized that I was in love with Stephanie…..
I will never forget the day that I got the call that my dad was gone….
There are so many moments in my life that are incredible, that are memorable and sometimes tragic moments that I will always remember. Many of these are what I call “God Moments,” those moments in life where I felt like God was sitting right next to me. One of those moments has been at the front of my mind a lot lately. It was the night that I heard the most amazing and life changing message from God since moving to Atlanta…
The time was about 13 – 14 years ago….
The place was Northpoint Community Church….
The event was 7:22, the Tuesday night bible study for singles in the Atlanta area….
The speaker, Voddie Baucham….
The message, “Called to Go”…..
I was sitting very close to the front as I knew that Voddie was going to be there speaking and I wanted to meet him afterwards. I had heard him once before and he is an amazing speaker and incredible man of God that I to this day have a lot of respect for.
That night, the message that God gave him, spoke right to me. I felt God so close that night, that He was almost crowding me. As Voddie talked about being called, I just felt God telling me that night I would be in ministry. I had no idea to what capacity but at that time, I was serving at Mountain Lake doing their tech, websites, graphics, etc. Something kept pushing worship ministry in to my mind. I had an overwhelming peace about that.
As I left Northpoint that night, I called one of my closest friends from church and we talked and I told him, “I think God is going to have me in music and worship ministry in some form or fashion.” Danny, one of the closest friends that I have ever had, who has gone on to be with God now, encouraged me to go for it.
A few weeks later, I purchased my first guitar. An Ibanez accoustic. It was an amazing sounding guitar. I signed up for lessons and even went on some time later and bought a Fender electric guitar and amp. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I had the tools and gear to do it with.
It just wasn’t the right time….
Lessons got expensive. The drive to the guitar shop grew long. My life and walk fell apart. I slipped away from God.
I sold my guitars.
Fast forward to my birthday 2011…..Stephanie gives me a guitar for my birthday….another Ibanez accoustic. I began playing again. This time, God gives me the resources to learn guitar. Sure I try to speed it up and take lessons but I learn more, on my own using the resources, videos and people that God put in my path to learn.
Fast forward to Christmas 2012…..my parents, Steph’s parents and my amazing wife, all go in together and give me an amazing Martin guitar for Christmas. I use it with even more resources and continue to develop this passion and talent that God is bringing out in me.
Fast forward to Sunday, February 2, 2014….The place is Gracepoint Church. God gave me the opportunity to play guitar on the praise band. This past Sunday, He gave us the chance to play UNPLUGGED ACCOUSTIC when the building was damaged due to a water leak and we couldn’t use the sound system.
That’s how long God’s timing was for me to get from point A to point B. During that time, He used me in ministry. He took me from being just an adult leader of Youth at one church, to interim youth pastor at one church and then youth pastor at another church. He resourced me. He surrounded me with specific people to grow close to me and help me along the way. He gave me an amazing wife to be on the journey with and to encourage me along the way.
I will never understand God’s timing. I don’t know why it takes so long for some things to come to pass with God when it seems like sometimes God is almost instant at other times. I do know, without a doubt, that everything happens for a reason and it happens or does not happen because it is all part of God’s plan for our lives. Moses didn’t plan to wonder in the desert for 40 years. Noah didn’t plan on it raining for weeks on end.
I didn’t plan on every event good or bad to happen in my life, but each event, helped to get me to where I am now and I would not be who I am without them. I am blessed more than I deserve or could ever have imagined all because of God’s plan for my life.
I still don’t know what His plans are for what is next but I know that we are on His path.
“God has a purpose that’s larger than me…..He has a plan that includes me….and He has a place that suits me….” – Voddie Baucham
I could never imagine being here, doing what I am doing now. I am so far out of my comfort zone but I am doing what I believed that You led me to so many years ago and I love it. You have used me in so many different ways to get me to this point in my life. Looking back I can see the steps and the amazing people that You put in my path and led me to. Thank You for including me in Your plan. Thank You for being faithful and true.
Click play below to hear the message mentioned above….