Exams, Differences and Singing in Public

Lisa_young Posted by Lisa Young on Thu, 04 Dec 2014 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Many of my friends will testify to the fact that singing is not my forte. However Kiwoko seems exempt in accepting the fact, as I am starting to lose count of the amount of times I’ve found myself singing in front of an audience.

Esubbi Club will be a lasting memory, when Jessy and I found ourselves singing a song we had heard once to a group of around 100 children. They were clearly eager to learn a new song which only heightened their disappointment. To add to our embarrassment, the club leader tried to excite the children by explaining that we were now going to learn the actions, to which Jessy and I looked at each other in complete despair. Thankfully it’s now a running joke among the leaders, and a testimony to God’s greatness as some of the children were able to sing the song and actions the following session. There is a great group of servant-hearted children’s workers in Kiwoko, who are truly devoted to seeing the children in this area find Christ for themselves.

As a student bible study leader, I very ‘kindly’ allow the students to share the role of leading praise and worship (I wonder why). On a more serious note, the Nursing and Lab students have become great friends over the last 4 months and have been a huge encouragement and challenge to me. They have recently finished their end of semester 1 exams, their dedication to revising and succeeding is so inspiring. It was also a relief to mark their test papers for Computer studies (which were great) and rejoice with them in their success with their learning – and their understanding of my accent. It’s also been a blessing to get alongside the students who maybe aren’t having such a great time, or need someone to be a listening ear – I see it as a real honour when they ask me to be that listening ear.

God often uses the people he has put around me to speak into my life and situations, and I was quite surprised at a recent revelation. Frank – a good friend of mine and co-leader of the bible study – recently fell ill. During a visit to see him, he was sharing about how he had been doing over the previous couple of days. For me personally when I am sick, my thoughts are often ‘seriously this is so unfair’, Frank on the other hand had a completely different response. His question to himself was ‘What is God trying to teach me’. I looked at him in awe when he said it. He went on to tell me that he often struggles to accept God’s unconditional love for him but during this period of being ill he has witnessed God use his friends as examples of this unconditional love. Even in the midst of illness, Frank saw that God uses all situations to glorify him. I left his house that day searching for an answer to the question ‘Right now in this moment what is God trying to teach me?’

Since I’ve begun to think about that question more intentionally, I’ve been reminded of something pretty awesome. God doesn’t need me but God wants me for his own. God wants all of us for His perfect plan, He didn’t create us to be defeated, depressed, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy or the many other feelings that can consume us when our focus is not on Him. Rather, He created us to be light, salt and to glorify his greatness in our lives, whereever we are.

Charles Swindoll puts it perfectly when he says: ‘When God is involved anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords.’

So maybe there is hope for my singing yet!


Paul Sayers said Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:05PM
keep singing, keep going, keep been a blessing God Bless Paul
Carol Young said Sun, 07 Dec 2014 01:57PM
Hi Lisa, it's great to hear about how God is using and guiding you. Can't wait to hear more over Christmas when you come home.
dad said Sun, 07 Dec 2014 03:45PM
great to read your update your singing skills are inherited from me ,will bring coat and hot water bottle to airport love you
Jamie said Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:06PM
Amazing! Love your public singing! <3

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