It’s that time of year when everything seems to pile on at once. All my homework assignments, projects, and papers all seem to be due at the same time, intramural basketball games have started, Writing Center appointments are booking, and my volunteer positions for some reason seem to be more of a requirement (that’s not to say I don’t love them). There’s an overflow happening in my life and as a senior you would think I would have mastered the art of planning and productivity. Without a doubt I have my head on straight, but sometimes there are circumstances beyond my control that influence my plans and my ways. Therefore, I am pressed to be a little more flexible with my schedule, and I am encouraged to seek the Lord in my life.
As I seek, I find. For the Lord provides me with great joy. Today, it came in the form of music, performed by a bundle of young children. Our campus was blessed to have The Children of the World Choir come and sing in our chapel (11-16-11). They are in their 12th year of touring as they share the story of millions of orphaned and disadvantaged children. They come from all over–Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippines. I had the pleasure of meeting two of them beforehand because they spent the night in my RD’s apartment, and these two young girls blessed me more than I can explain. They sang and danced to a beautiful song called Follow You by Leeland and gave my roommates and I a warm hug goodnight. Then, this morning I saw them before chapel began and they both gave me huge high fives. I wished them luck and grabbed my seat. I knew that the Lord was going to use these girls as well as the rest of the children to speak to hearts, but I guess I didn’t realize how vulnerable and moved my own heart would become.
About half-way through their “ministry” (I call it that because they are not performers, they are intentionally serving the Lord through the gift of music), I melted. Their voices bellowed, “Our God is Greater. Our God is Stronger,” and it was then my eyes filled with tears and I checked into my Spirit. God spoke to me, “Karli, I am greater than any homework assignment, time slot of work, or sickness you possess. I am your Father. You are my child. Trust me.”
It was a beautiful moment for me, and I am thankful for the medium of children and music that God used to get my attention. But it didn’t end there. Videos were shared with statistics and true stories about those suffering in the world, especially from lack of clean water. Clean water is clearly essential for life, and they asked will you choose to overflow and be part of the solution? The overflow that I was so preoccupied with had everything to do with school. But, I felt God, again. He pressed me to recognize the need to overflow in service and sacrifice, to make a change and to be part of the solution. I am now looking into sponsoring a child. Hopefully all works out. To God be the glory.
Click here to see a video clip from the chapel.