Space for God to Move

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.

3 thoughts on “Space for God to Move

  • March 16, 2006 at 5:50 PM
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    Shane,

    Do you ever have your youth group do anything but sit by themselves and pray? I know you must, but I never see you write about that. What does a typical Wednesday night look like for you? Is there any singing? What about Bible study? I don’t think Northside had ‘youth group’ when I was that age, so I’m trying to figure exactly what you guys do. Can you give a general timeline or something?

    AC

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  • March 17, 2006 at 4:43 AM
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    Check out the "about me" section for a quick overview of what we do.

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  • March 17, 2006 at 4:00 PM
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    Just wanted to say thanks for the worship ideas. I tried something completely new for us Wed. night and that I took your encounters with Jesus modified to fit our group and voila’ it was a very moving night. I saw kids really spend time with Jesus and at the end of the night, many didn’t want to stop! So thank you for inspiring me. (I know ultimatly is was God, but you were the vessel.)

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