Tonight was a little different for us. I have been thinking lately about the need to create more quiet times of reflection in our loud dance club like times of worship. I have been thinking this for a while, it has just been hard to get the vision in my head out into real life. Tonight we had a simple prayer time with students finding a place to pray silently while I prayed a little on my guitar. It wasn’t all that creative, it was just a chance for us to stop and seek God’s face. Using something I saw in Group Magazine this month I read from Elijah’s encounter with God in 1 Kings 19. You know the place where there is a strong wind, a fire, and an earthquake, but God comes in a a gentle whisper.
I think that in trying to create places where my students could experience the earthshaking, fire producing, power of God I have forgotten that sometimes we have to be silent enough to hear the small whisper. Afterwards I was asking on of my students about the experience on AIM and here is what she wrote (I asked her permission to reprint it)
I sat down beside the wall because I felt like I was in God’s hands I looked up and I covered my face because I had sin that kept me from him but as I prayed I felt relief and peace like I was actually good enough to see his face. I put my hands down and I felt like God consumed me he didn’t just touch my heart but he filled me
There are some cool times as a youth pastor when you get a chance to see someone really connect with God, if only for a moment. It is these times that make all of the hard times bearable.