What a weekend!
My oldest played drums in the middle school worship band all weekend for the 1st time.
Two neat circumstances stuck out to me in this process.
Friday – ALL day spent on the couch with stomach cramps. He was thinking he’d feel like going to a friend’s house in the afternoon, but voluntarily pulled that off the table. You know he doesn’t feel too good! PROBLEM: he plays on Saturday! Is this a 24 hour thing? nerves? what do we do? He’s only been counting down the hours and minutes (literally!) for months!
Saturday – didn’t eat much, if anything. But no stomach pain. 1st Neat Thing: We talked about how God let him not feel 100% to remind him that he needed to depend on God, not get over-confident. Just like Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh” – only Nathan’s was a Thorn in the Stomach. We also talked about the need to cover each service in prayer.
Saturday after church – 2nd Neat Thing: Nathan told me he was nervous – tight – as he looked out and saw many of his friends. He said, “then I thought, I’m here to worship God, I’m not here for them.” and that broke the ice for him. (A secondary joy for me is the idea that some things do get through!! :-)) After that he was able to enjoy playing and do a good job.
I’m so thankful for this opportunity for him.
I’m thankful for what he learned this weekend, for the joy it was for him to serve.
And I’m thankful for a church that allows our students that opportunity!
How about you? Do you or your kids have any obstacles that you’ve overcome by God’s grace?
Can’t wait to hear all about it!