I’ve never experienced anything like this. 800 college students gathered together to save souls and show the love of Jesus to South Padre Island. When Corey suggested I go with them this year I basically laughed out loud. Living on 3 hours of sleep… maybe… is not really my thing. I thrive on 10-12 hours of sleep. I am not a nice person on 3 hours of sleep. I didn’t think it would be good for my body, not to mention everyone around me who would have to hear me complain all week. And really I was just super excited to have a week all by myself with not boys in the house. I needed a “Spring Break” too.
So I did what any Christian would do. I said I’d pray about it. And I did.
And our good, good Father has a good sense of humor. I woke up with this overwhelming sense that I was supposed to go to Beach Reach this year.
I opened my Daily Light devotional and God reaffirmed what He was already speaking into my heart. It said:
“God has called me to be fruitful… He comforts me so I can comfort others with the same comfort He gave me… Let them who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good.”
3 different scriptures. Same page. Now that’s God giving me an answer.
He comforts me so I can comfort others with the same comfort. God comforted me when He pulled me out of sin and darkness. I was these kids partying it up in S. Padre over spring break. I did all these things and God called me out of it. He comforted me. And I know that I am supposed to comfort others with this comfort.
And then to top it all off, He says to suffer according to the will of God. Um… hello Randi… who are you to complain about suffering? We are called to suffer according to the will of God. What is my light suffering for a week compared to eternal suffering for some of these kids that won’t hear about Jesus unless we tell them?
All this to say that I repented for my unwillingness and jumped on the Beach Reach band wagon!
So I am here in South Padre, looking out our condo window at the beach and the sunrise. Soaking in my own Jesus to prepare me to pass Him on the others. We serve a mighty God who is going to do mighty things on this island this week through 800 college students, looking to make a difference.