When I was 15 years old I went to my first World Changers project. On that trip I felt the Lord calling me into ministry. I didn’t know what that meant or how that would look in my life, but I knew I needed to be obedient to what I felt the Lord calling me to, even if it was vague at that point in my life.
A few years later, while serving as an intern at a church I went back again to World Changers. Even though I was in leadership with my church I still felt God speaking me and refining His calling on my life. I found one the summer staffers and had a conversation with him about what God might want me to do. God spoke directly to me through that experience and nudged me to apply for summer staff.
The next two years I was on summer staff with World Changers. Through those experiences God continued to refine my calling and introduce me to people who would give me opportunities to serve in ministry and further develop what God was calling me to do with my life.
Why am I sharing these moments from my testimony with you? Because I didn’t know any of this would happen. I went to World Changers as a 15 year old boy and came home with a new direction in life. I didn’t know where God would take me or what road He would lead me down, but I knew He loved me, He had a plan for me, and that He would reveal His will for me in His timing.
My journey may look different from the journey God has you on but the heart of our experiences is the same. God is in charge, even if we don’t realize it. That is the whole point of our theme this year, Uncharted. Sometimes our lives may feel aimless or aren’t going anywhere in particular. But what is unknown to us, is completely known to God.
The life of Moses is a perfect example of this. At every turn he didn’t know what was around the corner. Whether he was in a basket as a helpless baby, before God at the burning bush, in front of a hard-hearted Pharoah, pinned in by the Red Sea, or standing on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments, he never knew what was coming next. But God did. The bottom line was that when Moses trusted in God and was obedient to Him, it didn’t matter what turn his life would take next. All he needed was faith in whose hands he had placed his life in.
Exodus 15:13 says,
With your faithful love,
you will lead the people
you have redeemed;
you will guide them to your holy dwelling
with your strength.
This is the heart of the Uncharted theme. God’s love is faithful, He will lead us, and His strength carries us. This summer we’re going to further unpack this theme through devotions, sermons, and in worship. I hope you’ll join us and see what God might be calling you to do with your life!