It has been an extraordinary weekend. First, Admiral Kraft, then today I met Lincoln Brewster and Josh McDowell. Both are Christians and were here in town for a gathering called “One.” On Pentecost Sunday, 14 local area churches gathered together at the football stadium of Camarillo High School (the place were I teach), and held worship.
Brewster was the nicest and most down to earth guy. I reverted back to reporter mode and wasn’t star struck at all, partly because I really didn’t know who he was. But he seemed fine with that and had such a clear focused vision for what he was doing there. He opened with a set of five songs and he was awesome. I confess, I’ve never heard him before as I don’t follow Christian music closely. My own faith life, though, got richer and deeper today listening to Brewster’s music and hearing Josh McDowell’s message.
Here’s the thing–there were more than 8000 people gathered today. The expectation was for 5000 or so, but it was 8000. That’s just incredible to me. The city of Camarillo has some 80,000 people in it when the University is in session. That means that about 10 percent of our community was worshiping God this morning in one spot.
I’m not much of a non-denominational guy. I don’t like to raise my hands at worship and shout, sing, etc. But, today was moving and unique. In the act of reporting on the event for the paper today, God used that still small voice and he spoke to me. There was something in this time and place that really drilled at me and when I combine it with the warmth and kindness I felt at the Santa Clara High School graduation (see post below), I know it’s not coincidental. God is working in my life just now. Always has been, perhaps, but He’s making me aware of something I wasn’t aware of before.
The choices I make in the days ahead will have to be made deliberately and in God’s time. But, there is something weighing on me that’s not easy–it’s not a burden by any means. It’s a series of decisions, I think, and all of them are important–and life changing. And they make me rather happy in a way I have not been since I was a kid.
We do indeed walk by faith, and not by sight.