Freedom under Stars

29 Sep


Every year there is a unique opportunity for 16 young men of CRM to be on houseboat together in the middle of the desert.  One of the primary purposes of the trip is to give the young leaders within our missional organization a platform to develop relationships. I was blessed to receive one of the coveted invites this year.

The uniqueness of being on Lake Powell is a couple fold….

The scope of our individual contexts and where God has placed each us is typically scattered across the nations.  The opportunity to get a glimpse of the depth and diversity of the next generation of missional leaders is invaluable.  I often wondered throughout the week, “how the heck did I get here?”

The pure majesty and beauty of the place just shouts at you…imagine the Grand Canyon filled with water.  Between the lightning storms shaking the boat and the purity of the stars bouncing off the moonlit waters…the overall sense is smallness.  I saw Jesus’ words in Luke come to life…”even the rocks cry out” in worship.

Some of the most meaningful times are our evenings.  We gather on the top deck under the stars, taking turns sharing our life story. We minister to one another through blessing and affirmation after each person shares.  Our voices discover together the men of God Christ is asking us to be.  The men He’s called us to be.  We listen. We Laugh. Celebrate. Mourn. Cry. It seems God always decides to reveal Himself, bringing life and freedom in these holy moments.  He let’s us see, even if it’s just for a glimpse, below the surface into our hearts.  Phillipians 1:6 was spoken over me,  “be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

There is much hope…my story is not over. There is more to hear. To tell. To do. And Christ is faithful to complete in me. So I pray for a holy momentum…a gripping of this promise in me. And in you. Our story is not over…and get this: the best is yet to comeJ

 “There is so much more I want to tell you…When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” –John 16:12+13






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