The fluorescent tube lights lit the room. Some of their fixtures were broken while others had lost their lighting ability. Hard plastic chairs interwoven between metal brown chairs surrounded the plastic tables. There was nothing fancy about the room. No stylish wall colors or colorful light show to create the mood. Instead the room was cluttered. Cluttered with large black storage boxes, random gray PVC pipes about a couple feet long, and various styles of water bottles placed in odd little places. In all looks of the place, it wouldn’t be chosen......yet it was.
The room was chosen to give us a glimpse of heaven, an indescribable glimpse of heaven! How we wanted to capture the moment by using the latest iPhone camera in portrait mode with the “rule of thirds.” It would be of no use though. How do you take a picture of God’s presence?
Even written words cannot do justice to the treasured moment. The singing, the crying out to God, the speaking of His Word. The finest choreographer or a finely tuned, well rehearsed worship team could not create the moment-this little glimpse into heaven, where someday every tribe, every tongue, every nation will be crying out to Him. Our little glimpse was just two nations and two tongues but, oh, how indescribable!! Every knee was bowed, every tongue was confessing that He is Lord!
We challenge you, the parent, the relative or friend, the reader of this blog. The students have been changed; they KNOW the presence of God. What will you do? What happens when your loved one arrives back to their hometown? Undoubtedly, they will try to describe what God has done here, but what will you do in response? Will you listen politely and just reply, “Oh, that’s nice.” Or will you join them in the mission? Will you come alongside them, spur them on? God is calling them for more than just this week and these moments; He’s calling them for the rest of their lives. And He’s calling you, too.