I opened my eyes to a bright, warm, light shining on my face. My eyes adjust to the light and I think to myself, "Where the heck am I?". Then my memory started replaying the previous day and I realized I was at Stony Point and that my life had just began changing.
At first I didn't know how I felt about it but as my day went on things only got better and better. I have to admit- there have been a few times when I just want to go for a run because the lower part of my body cannot handle the sitting any longer and my brain cannot retain any more information, but it is helping me build patience.
During the bible study time we were under the topic of "Called to Follow" and were introduced to different times in the Word when people such as Mary, Jeremiah, Moses, Ruth, etc. were called to follow and what obstacles they faced when they were called. We had to choose one story and answer questions about it on a worksheet and I immediately decided Jeremiah. Gut reaction.
The passage was Jeremiah 1: 4-10 and that was a verse that really spoke to me. I have been struggling with the fact that out of all of the people in this orientation, I am one of the two people who are 18 years old and just graduated from High School. Everybody else is older than me and I have been struggling with it because I don't want people to shove me into the box of "He's just a kid" or "You're so immature" or even "How's it going BUDDY!". The Lord said to Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.
This brought me such comfort! I don't think I have to explain how clearly the Lord is speaking to me. Now, I have nothing to fear. I'm embracing that I am young because I have a Mighty God who is backing me up and passing the burning coal through my lips.
The rest of the day has had its ups and downs and I am expecting the same for the rest of the week. Between forced interaction with the other YAV/Dwellers and SOME boring times in seminars I can say that I have had a few moments that I have dreaded but all the good has over shadowed. it. Feeling like a black sheep is only part of becoming part of a developing intentional community. Besides, all of the negative parts have been overshadowed with lots of clapping and singing during worship, laughter with new friends, amazing weather (you should be jealous actually), great food, fun new people, great facilities, and the list goes on. I am starting to get comfortable and I am super excited for Monday when my time to enter DOOR Hollywood as Dweller approaches.
Thank you so much to all of you who have kept in contact and/or have supported me this whole time. Your donations have been for an amazing cause, I promise, and are appreciated. I still have quite a bit to go with my fundraising but I know that I have a lot of people out there that have big hearts who will continue to support me, spiritually and financially. Also, God is amazingly faithful so I am not too scared. ;)
Make checks payable to “DOOR”
In the memo line write “DOOR-Hollywood, Isaiah R.”
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Financial Due Date: August 25th, 2011 *All Donations are tax deductible.
I had to throw that in, just in case.
The Lord is definitely at work up here at Stony Point and the YAV staff is definitely doing a great job at training us and teaching us how to be more prepared for what we are getting into. Greater things are yet to come and the Lord is making me stronger and transforming me into a Mighty Young one to work out there in his kingdom.