It is 6 years ago this July, that I did something crazy.
Okay, let’s rewind a bit, because you’ll need more background than that.
In March of 2008, the children’s director at our church came to me and asked if I’d consider leading the kids’ praise time at VBS. Fun songs about Jesus, with lots of kids, high energy, major commotion: I said “Sure, sounds right up my ally!”
As I got the plans rolling, picked out some cool tunes, made a list of kids who might help me, I ran into a problem. I didn’t just want, I NEEDED a guitar player. The way our sanctuary was set up, I could not lead the worship time from the keys. And guess what? I couldn’t find a strong, confidently rhythmic player. This piano player’s heart began to feel a bit of panic… okay a lot of panic.
Enter : Wade Williams.
Our worship pastor at the time, Wade, who was an amazing guitar player couldn’t help me out that week. But he did offer this: “Sounds like a good time to learn guitar!”
Keep in mind: it’s March. VBS is in three months. I’m pretty sure I looked at Wade like he was crazy. But he insisted that he was confident that I could do it. Of course, Wade was known for getting people into things they didn’t know they wanted to do. He probably also knew that I could learn a few things from the guitar player I live with, but still…
Who does this? Who picks up an instrument, intending to learn it well enough to lead worship (which means singing and playing at the same time) in three months time?
Well. I did. And I guess more importantly, the Holy Spirit did it in me. I’m not foolish enough to think I did it all on my own. In the end, my friend, Rebecca, did come along side to help with the playing and singing – but, I managed – and quite enthusiastically too!
Here I am again – a few years later, getting ready for VBS, choosing my songs, practicing with my kids’ praise team, planning motions and all that good stuff.
One of the songs we are learning for VBS is called, “The Beatitudes Song” from an album put out by The Church At Brook Hills, which is called “The Great God and His Big Story.” It is a new favorite at our house. The lyrics are taken from Matthew chapter 5.
Blessed are the poor in Spirit, those who see the sin in their hearts.
Blessed are the ones who are weeping, cause sin has torn the whole world apart.
Blessed are the meek and humble, God will freely give them all things
Blessed are the ones who are hunger and thirst for justice and wait on their king.
Blessed are the merciful whose sins are forgiven so they can forgive.
Blessed are the pure in heart, God will show His face to them.
Blessed are the ones who make peace, loving others with the Savior’s love.
Blessed are those bullied for their faith. Great in God’s kingdom will be their reward.
We are the salt of the earth so we’re gonna shake, shake, shake, like a salt shaker.
We are the light of the world so we’re gonna shine, shine, shine til the night’s no more.
These words sing out the truth from God’s word: We are blessed when we give ourselves out of love, for His sake. Being salt and light can mean a lot of things; it might even mean learning to play the guitar for VBS. In my heart I say, “Here’s to many more outlandish opportunities for following Jesus!” I’m pretty sure Wade would heartily agree!