Connecting with God. How do you define it? Some say quiet time, talking with others, finding Him in the word. These are ALL useful and creative puzzle pieces of discerning God’s voice, but some are more effective than others for different people. If you are more extroverted then quite time, though still necessary, is a more evasive device and talking with others is more preferred. This would be likely reversed for introverts. However you spin it, these are all, I would say necessary, forms of worshiping God.
This weekend I had the opportunity to travel with my fellow improvisational teammates to a Wichita area Nazarene lock – in. Side note, You all should hire Action Pact to perform at church, school, and whatever other events you want some energy, comedy, and interaction.
Back on track, the lock-in was awesome! Improv, speakers, gym time, ice skating, and staying up until 6 in the morning made it epic! The best part was the focus that was exhibited at the beginning, before most the chaos began. My favorite type of worshiping God took place. Music! We sang amazing songs; fast, slow, energy-filled, and spirit-consumed. My reaction got me thinking and I realized that was as impactful that music had been to me in awhile. I, and most of the 500 other people, was/were jumping, shouting, clapping, and encountering God.
I believe worship, in whatever facet, can help you encounter the Lord. Whether it is shouting praise and worship or instrumental music that you use to pray to God, the possibilities are almost endless! I believe that the music gives your heart the words to say as your mind is at a loss. I see this in what came after the worship. A speaker who talked to vulnerable hearts and prepared the road for an altar call. Sitting on the front row and seeing all these young people pour their hearts out through tears and postures taken. The best part was the comfort that followed; the loving hand of a youth worker or friend was beautiful!
Some people encounter God more in writing, drawing, alone time, or day to day life and that’s beautiful! For me, music is my favorite avenue. Being on this campus makes it SO easy! So many talented musicians and opportunities to excel in that area! I am blessed to be surrounded like this.
I encourage you all to find whatever way you feel God talk to your life the most! If you already know, never let go of it and even try to grow in other ways! After all, our God is always talking we just have to learn to listen. Sometimes it won’t make sense, but just keep turning the puzzle piece until God reveals the bigger picture!