This past weekend was our annual Women’s Conference. I had invited friends, neighbors, my mom and sisters. While walking the dog the first morning, I prayed for God to free me and my sisters and Mom of any ailment that might threaten to keep us from receiving what God had in store of us at the conference. I prayed that I would be more concerned about “being” than about hosting while my family was here.
My sister and I barely got out of the house for the first night of the conference on time to meet my friends for dinner at a local bistro. We had to leave my husband with instructions for my 3 kiddos plus my sister’s two year old, kiss everyone at least three times and change jewelry and purses twice.
My sister was unbelievably calm driving out of the driveway leaving her only child in the hands of my husband who at the moment wasn’t even in the house with the kids! He was content to stand and water plants, for who knows how long. When we got to the conference, we were late and since I had brought 7 ladies with me, we couldn’t exactly sneak in the front. There were over 2000 ladies there!
We had to sit way in the back. I was content to watch the crowd and pray for God’s movement among such a gathering. As the evening closed, the band played Chris Tomlin’s song, “Our GOD,” and I happened to look past my friend next to me and over at my sister. It was the most beautiful sight.
My sister, the middle child, meek, sweet, gentle and reserved was standing with both hands straight up in the air, earnestly singing, “Our God is Greater, Our God is Higher….” She was drinking it in. She was unashamed to claim her faith. She was strengthened by the magnitude of faith in this place; she was encouraged by the presence of thousands of women proclaiming their faith.
I am not a crier, but I could not hold back the tears. God had answered my prayers on the first night. He had sweetly chosen to reveal Himself to me through my sister’s act of worship.
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
– Psalm 145:3 (NIV)
“Dear God, thank You for the gift of worship. Thank You for allowing me to experience You through the worship of another. God, You are great and we can never fathom all of You. I praise You for sharing pieces of Your greatness with Your people….”