by Cindy Morrone
We have all heard that it is “..more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). I have just had the honour and privilege to spend the weekend with amazing youth at a fall retreat. The theme this year was ‘God’s fire’. I went with the intention of serving however received so much more.
We expected so much for them. We prayed for them and knew that God would honour our prayers on their behalf. We anticipated spending time in the Word and in prayer, worshipping, playing games, eating lots of fantastic meals and sleeping as little as possible!
We came in droves with luggage and sleeping bags in hand. We laughed real hard, ate too much and slept too little! We spent time in the Word; we worshipped and we prayed together. We asked God to overwhelm us, consume us, and reveal Himself to us.
He answered all of our pleas. I was so surprised that He would even take the time for me. This wasn’t about me; it was about them. This wasn’t my retreat but theirs. Even still, in our time of prayer and worship, He met with me and spoke to my very heart.
He provided rest in the tired places; He gave hope in the wearisome places and He flooded me with His love.
He reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep and I pictured Him going off to retrieve just the one. That just that one mattered to Him.
‘Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. “(Luke 15: 3-6)
He impressed upon me that every, single one of us inside and outside that room, mattered to Him. Every single one….not one was unredeemable; not one, too far gone that He could not save…not one. Not one problem too big; not one heart too broken; not one so lost they couldn’t be found….not one.
Indeed, it was I that was truly blessed this weekend spending it with amazing youth who chose to meet with their God. Just by their choosing they gave hope to my faith. Blessed, indeed!
Like the Wise Men, let’s bring our gifts of gold, of incense and of myrrh and lay them at the foot of our King. He will then use them for His glory and purposes!
Dear Heavenly and Gracious Father,
Thank You so much for the opportunity to meet with You in such an amazing way. Thank You for these amazing youth that we have the honour and privilege to worship with! I continue to pray blessings on their lives. I continue to pray that we all would remain in You, seeking You with all of our hearts, minds and souls. We are so excited to see where You will lead us and will give You all the glory, honour and praise! In Jesus’ name. Amen.