Morning, Julia here. Welcome to Zeph daily. While speculating what Zeph Holiday Club might look like this year, I found myself thinking back to past escapades. Here’s last year’s drama team – note the necessity of high vis vests, and the jauntiness of Adam’s hat.
This photo was taken on the Friday following the grand finale of the week’s drama. As people who were there will remember, this was a finale like no other, for this finale, ambitiously and excitingly, featured – a Rap Battle. It was everything: It rhymed, it was plot relevant, it had mild wisdom embedded throughout, I got to (attempt to) beatbox in the background – there is nothing you could possibly want from a holiday club that this rap did not contain. Goosebumps.
I still think it is a delightful representation of Julie as a person that she is gifted enough to write an entire holiday club themed rap, and perform it, and then think the most appropriate response to the rapturous applause was to curtsy. It brought me a lot of joy.
I very much enjoy moments when people manage to sum up a concept of themselves through a snapshot of their life choices.
The other weekend, my family had a socially distanced meet up in my parents’ garden. My angelic mum suggested they buy us all a takeaway and we could stay for tea, so that we could spend a bit more time together- especially since we’d have separate meals and reduce risk of passing any germs between us. However this was then immediately forgotten after it arrived because her instinct to mother her young was too strong, and she ended up asking if anyone wanted a bite of her pizza. (We declined.) A beautiful portrait of my mum.
A few years ago St Peters youth group Risen was visited by one of our mission partners, Andy Roberts. Andy has set up houses in Brazil to take in children living on the street, giving them an education, opportunities, and a loving environment. Originally it was a house for boys, helping them have an alternative to getting trapped into joining gang culture, and since then they have managed to open a house for girls as well, saving them from the dangers that would otherwise harm them. Young people are given a way out from seemingly inescapable, awful situations, and are instead given a turning point of hope.
Andy talked to the youth group about his experiences working with children in Brazil, and there was something he said that has stuck with me ever since. He told us about building friendships with the young people, and how he’d put the effort in to let them know how valued they are. One day he found himself sitting on a wall with a young person, playing something similar to marbles or tiddlywinks, and in that moment he felt like his life “resonated” with him.
To explain, he talked about tuning forks resonating at a particular pure frequency, and how they help your musical instrument find that same pure note that sounds and feels right.
Andy wanted to encourage us to let God lead us along paths where our lives really resonate with us. Think through moments of your life where perhaps you have felt that you are in the right situation, and experienced clarity or peace, and thank God for them.
Of course, this is not to say that life is made up entirely of right situations and moments of clarity. There can also be long periods that feel like lost, uncomfortable wanderings. Thankfully, and wonderfully, God is a God of both.
“You lead me on paths that are right, for the good of your name.
Even when I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me.” Psalm 23.3-4
Take a moment to think about what your current path looks like. Are you in a place that resonates with you, that you are at peace with? Is it obscured with difficulties, or obstacles? Are you not sure where it’s gone? Talk to God about where you are, remembering that wherever that is he’s there too.
Wherever we might be, God continues to be with us and lead us. A song to finish off with… https://soundcloud.com/johnfroud/and-you-will-walk-with-us
Amen – have a good rest of the day!