At 11:30 p.m. on December 31, 2016, I found myself among hundreds of students preparing to welcome 2017. It was at this time that the band led us in completely surrendered and freeing worship. As we inched closer to midnight, it was as if the singing only intensified. There was something deeply moving about beginning this year by praising God for bringing us to where we were at that time. Shortly after midnight we prayed in groups, surrendering 2017 to the Lord.
I can’t remember when this happened, but at one point the entire room started singing a song that seemed to become the anthem of the four day conference. The band didn’t start it, we weren’t told to sing that song, but a small group began to sing it and within seconds we were all praising alongside them.
The chorus is merely “You are good” followed by “You’re never gonna let me down”. Although these words sound much better when paired with the melody of the song, you can see how two characteristics of God are the theme: his goodness and faithfulness.
I know a lot of people struggle with the belief in God. They think that it works for some people, but that it’s just not for them. I was blessed enough to be raised in a Christian home where the belief in God came very naturally to me – but honestly, there have been many moments where I have asked that God reveal himself to me. At one point I realized that I wanted to have full faith in God because I could wholeheartedly defend it, not because I was raised to.
God has never left me wondering. He has never left me just hoping that he exists, or hoping that he’ll come through for me. So, singing to the God who is always good and always faithful was truly a moment I will never forget. In fact, worship throughout the entire conference felt like a glimpse of heaven each time. One day, we even went to an extended worship session where we praised God late into the night, and I think it’s safe to say we didn’t want it to ever end.
I believe that God is intentional and purposeful. I do not think it was a coincidence that this conference didn’t come to my attention until this year and that it fell over the new year. It was a particularly beautiful way for me to wrap up the transitional year of 2016 and say hello to a year of fresh starts and endless possibilities. More than anything, I was excited to begin this year intentionally seeking God and surrendering the next 365 days to his will and plan.
Oh how more in love I have fallen with my Lord and Saviour. He is so wonderfully good and faithful, and I am forever thankful for his love.