This week our church is hosting a conference that is being led by a church in the Bahamas. For the past 4 years that I have been at this church, they come every July. They take a boat from the Bahamas to Miami and then charter a bus to Jesup, Ga. Last year they brought about 135 people with them and this year they brought about 55. Financial difficulties are hitting everywhere!
Bahamians are some of the most gracious people you will ever meet. They hug you coming in and going out. It doesn’t matter that they don’t know you from Adam’s house cat! They are so genuine in their praise and worship to God. My friend Joey and I watched this guy dance for almost 2 hours. We were trying to pick up some of his dance moves to use on Sunday. We gave up…..after all, this white girl cannot dance! I have tried but it just aint happening. If I auditioned for the tv show “So You Think You Can Dance” they would use my audition as what not to do! I am okay with that though. There are other ways to praise and worship God. I left about 9:00 (the service started at 7:00) the preacher for that night had just come to the platform and he started singing. I have been in services with them and they would go until 11:00. They are not concerned about time and they are not in hurry.
The thing that really stuck with me last night was how awesome it was to be able to worship God with people of a different culture. Here we were blacks, whites, hispanics, all praising and worshiping the same God. We all had different ways of doing it, but that is what makes it so awesome. I realized that this is just a taste of what it will be like when we all get to heaven and get to worship God. None of the things that we place emphasis here on earth will even matter. I realized that it is not about style of worship but the act of worship itself. I can’t wait to go back tonight and experience the presence of God.
“When the storm breaks, each man acts in accordance with his own nature. Some are dumb with terror. Some flee. Some hide, and some spread their wings like eagles and soar on the wind.” (Dr. Dee from the movie Elizabeth.)
This quote really struck me when I heard it. Everyone of us faces storms in life. It is not a matter of if but of when. Everyone reacts differently when we face times of crisis. I agree that most of the time we do act in accordance of our own nature. I think that is why it is so important that we have a strong foundation before the storm hits. Even in our greatest storms we can soar like eagles above the wind. It is when we rise above the storm, can we see who hold us secure in the time of crisis. So, no matter what your storm is, you can only go through it but know that you do not go through it alone.