You Are Faithful
One of my hobbies is photography: it’s just something I love to do. I had the great opportunity to join the photography team at my church as a volunteer, which I REALLY loved. It gave me an opportunity to have free reign of the place, to wander around and capture some great images. Of course, with the birth of the twins, all photography activities were on hold.
In February, however, I received an email from the photography coordinator that there was an upcoming event at our church mid-week called Code Orange Underground. This was an invite-only special event for church volunteers and leaders. The coolest part of it is that you never know what will happen that night, it’s always a surprise. Sometimes it’s guest speakers. Sometimes it’s bands. You never know. I talked with my wife and she said it would actually be a good idea for me to do it: I had the day off work (can’t remember why exactly) so I could go see Nolan much earlier than I usually do, and would have time in the evening to go to church. So I signed up and got the ok to shoot for the event.
I spent the earlier part of the day visiting Nolan, which was really nice: he was very happy and playing with some of the toys that the staff brought to him. At night I loaded up my equipment and headed for church, which was PACKED. I got there early for the sound check to find out that the surprise guest for the evening was none other than well-known worship leader Matt Redman! I was very excited because Matt wrote and performed a song called “Never Once” that has resonated so much with me before, during, and after Nolan was born. The lyrics say, “Never once did we ever walk alone, never once did you leave us on our own. You are faithful, God you are faithful.” TRUTH. And it was a truth I constantly needed when I was down or when things got tough. We sang it a lot in church and I was hoping he’d sing it that night. Here’s the song if you want to hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=722zPX1npcA
So the night was an awesome one, though there were way too many people there and a bit too many photographers. But I still enjoyed the opportunity to break from my little routine and do something I loved. And yes, Matt did perform “Never Once” and it was amazing…I just put the camera down and joined everyone else in worship. I was really blessed to be there. As a heart dad, I think it’s important to know your responsibilities, but it’s also important to remember that you’re only human. And you need to take some time to do the things you love, even though your life and your schedule will be crazy. If you ignore those things you will lose your mind and become just like your schedule: crazy.