Story of Wonder
We learn in 1 Chronicles 16 that telling stories of God’s goodness and giving thanks was at the center of Hebrew worship. The Israelites set aside time to practice gratitude within their worship by speaking of God’s mighty deeds and remembering his blessings, wonderful works, and faithfulness.
We’ve begun asking folks in our community to share their Stories of Wonder at our public worship. These are stories of God working in our midst, speaking, leading, and providing for his people. This gives us an opportunity to recognize and rejoice in God’s powerful deeds, and it also trains us to pay attention to how God might be at work in our own lives. This one is from Austin.
I’ve been coming to Rhythm now for about ten months. Ironically I am from Dallas like Keas and Matt. I grew up going to a baptist church but rarely went, yet I always considered myself a Christian. About four months ago I went through some big trials and changes that eventually (and thankfully) broke me down to examine my thoughts and actions. I realized I had to fully submit to the Lord. This led to some really powerful experiences with God. I also realized I needed to truly feel God’s love and understand myself as his son. This was something I struggled to receive from my earthly father, but ultimately needed to receive from my heavenly Father.
In the first week of March, I was having a very strong urge to pray in silence and get alone with the Lord. Getting in a quiet place to pray and keeping centered in prayer is a hard thing to do living in South Beach with all the music, cars honking, and people yelling. I began waking up at 5:30 AM to pray while the streets are mostly quiet. One morning I was able to express something that I had been feeling but didn’t want to admit. In the middle of a prayer I said, “I’m lonely.” I think the deep rooted meaning of this was I felt alone. Saying this aloud startled me and in that moment I heard God speak to me in my subconscious. He said in a voice that sounded sad or almost desperate, “Talk to me.” Hearing that caused me to completely breakdown. Then immediately after this he told me, “You are my son”. This was what I had been desperately seeking to hear for so long. You cannot imagine the feelings that we’re going through me. I’ve been shown God’s love and I’m understanding it more every day. The amount of peace God has put in my life has made me eager to gather as much wisdom through spiritual books, sermons, and the Bible so I can help others experience the peace and love of God.
On a side note, with help, I’m feeling called to start a community group in South Beach where I live. I’m running into many of my friends I used to hang out with who are caught up in patterns of this world like I was and are looking for a change. There’s so much opportunity for Christ to make an impact on the beach. I ask for your prayers in giving us strength and knowledge to be his vessel.