It continues to ring…

Wow! It’s been a night, a great night. School was quite long today, mostly I think is because I had my mind of Matt Redman and Louie Giglio the whole day. And finally.. hours and hours, minutes and minutes passed by – I was walking into ICA ready to rock out!

Matt Redman was amazing. He has an amazing talent, he has a beautiful voice. His band was great, the bass player was quite entertaining. Their heart for God is present through their music. There is no way to explain the feeling being right in front of the stage, in front of three main speakers (going deaf), having my brothers and sisters in Christ all around me jumping in joy singing, shouting and worshipping God. The concert have been over for a few hours now, and the music, the loudness continue to ring in my ear.

For a while, I just closed my eyes despite of all the loudness, singing and shouting around me, and asked God to speak to me. I asked him to take everything out of my mind and speak to me. And I had a couple of images in my head, from FISH and the performances yesterday by the Christian Leadership team from Colorado Springs. He continued to show me images, and slowly said.. Don’t being so distracted and come back to me.
For the past few minutes, I have been debating which part of this song I should put here.. I keep listening to this song over and over again, and the whole song is so amazing. The words are so powerful. So I’ll have to put the whole song here.

Matt Redman – You Never Let go.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn back
I know You are near

And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Chorus:
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know You here on the earth

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

Louie Giglio, with no doubt, is a great speaker. I heard him for the first time during DCLA last summer and was over-welmed by it. He once again amazed me. One very clear thing I remember from DCLA from his sermon was “We are a part of a BIGGER story.” Tonight, he gave us one question. “What are we living for?” When he asked us, two boys behind me – they were perhaps in Middle School, or younger – answered to themselves. “To glorify God! To live for Jesus! Yes, we’re the generation!” I was amazed by their faith and trust for God. Some people grow up, and they have no purpose in Life but these boys, along with other youth have a purpose in life. They have realized their purpose and they are chasing that dream.

Afterwards, we all headed to the food court across the street and grabbed some food. I was still high, those who were there would’ve realized, I was jumpinp, skipping, talking loudly, going crazy in the food court with strangers all around us. Being able to be around a group of youth who are in LOVE with Christ, who goes Insane for Christ, who lifts everything up in the name of Jesus is a feeling that you don’t get any other way.

Being able to bring a friend who is struggling at school, with his friends is a prayer come true. Even though he has his friends who were all probably hoping to hang out with him, but he chose to come to this concert, to worship God and to hope that God will give him the strength for all his struggles. We will be here to keep you accountable, and know that we will be praying for you. Being able to bring another friend who have been more involved since the mission trip, so have him say “yeah, it was amazing!” afterwards. Unexplainable feeling.

I could go on and on about the night, the feelings I have felt but that would perhaps bore you. So I will end with a verse that was brought to our attention this evening from Louie.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
– Colossians 3:23

Live for Him, Live for Him – Joanne

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