We woke up on the morning of day two feeling grateful and expectant of how God was going to speak to us the next day. I mean, after Part One and Part Two, we were not only experiencing His faithfulness through miraculous provision, but through some amazing times of worship, fellowship, and messages from incredible people who have been giving their lives to expand God’s Kingdom all around the world. We were hearing from some seriously wise people, who have 20, 30, even up to 50 years of experience on the mission field. We were just soaking in all that God was revealing to us through all these different sources, and it was so much fun! What was to come that day was definitely unexpected.
As we unloaded from the vans upon arrival to the hotel, Ryan headed off to set up for worship and my friend Jade and I hopped on the little water ferry to the main hotel area so we could drop some stuff off in Kayle’s room. On our way there, we crossed paths with him, and as we were walking past, he said “Wait, I have something for you guys!” I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Really, God? You have more for us!?” And I looked down at the envelope in my hands that said, “For Ryan, Nicole and your San José crew.”
Jade and I opened the envelope once we were up in the room and honestly, we couldn’t believe our eyes. The note inside basically said that this was a gift for the people from our YWAM San José base who needed money for food, and accompanying it was fifteen 200 pesos bills – the equivalent of about $26 for each of the seven other people in our group who we knew needed food money for the rest of the week.
At this point, Jade and I are totally freaking out, unable to contain our smiles and the joy welling up inside of us. Everyone from our base who had come in faith, believing that God would make a way… well, they were about to receive a huge surprise blessing of His faithfulness – all because someone WHO HAD NEVER EVEN MET THEM had been led by the Spirit to make another act of generosity. It was like the church body at Pentecost, that we read about in the Book of Acts! I had always longed for this type of unity and oneness with other believers in Christ, and it was happening in the realest way I had ever experienced.
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet,and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” -Acts 4:32-35
So, after worship and the first morning session, we gathered our friends together during the break to tell them what happened. We stood in a circle and shared our testimony of God’s faithfulness to us, and then handed out the bills equally to each person. Everyone was in absolute awe at how God had answered their prayers. We had a time of praising Him for what He had done, declaring His faithfulness in our lives, and expressing our gratitude. It was such an incredible experience that we shared together as a family, brought closer together in unity as witnesses of God as a personal, caring Father to each one of us. Our minds were blown. He was so so good.
And as we reflected, we realized that if we had not trusted in Him… if we had not come to the conference because we didn’t have enough money for food – we would have missed out on an opportunity to allow the God of the universe to remind us that when He calls us to do something, even if it doesn’t make sense to our logical minds, He is going to be faithful to take care of our every need. He is not the kind of Father that would ask His children to do something knowing that they are going to fail. It is simply not in His nature! All that He is made of is the essence of good, and love, and faithfulness! He can’t not do what is best for us, because it would go against who He is. But if we don’t put ourselves in the position to allow Him to demonstrate His nature and character to us, we will never experience the fullness of His glory. And this isn’t something that only applies to finances… it’s every aspect of our life. When we are surrendered to His control, we get to see His greatness.
He marked us this week. He breathed new life into us. He reminded us why a life of dependence on Him is the best life we could ever live.
Because this world is not the end. There is something so much greater that we are living for. The unbreakable, tangible, eternal intimacy that we will one day experience with the One who made us is of far more worth than the temporary things offered to us in this world. What we experience right now is just a glimpse!