If you've followed my journey over the last few years, you know that I've struggled with where I am versus where I want to be and where I'm supposed to be. You also know that I feel, 100%, that I am exactly where I am needed. You are also aware of the... different... ways I've found to experience God.
Psalm 146:2 says "I will make melodies to my God as long as I am." and that's pretty much my story, right there. It's not always easy to start the wake-up process at 5am on a Sunday morning, and it's not always easy to know that I will miss so many Seahawks games because I will be singing at church, or that I have to make sure I look presentable by 7am on a Sunday morning, ready to sing and literally lead the masses, but I do it, with a heart of joy, and I would never trade my experiences for anything.
As I drive to the intimate little church in Black Diamond, I am greeted with God's glory in so many ways! This is but one that I was able to capture, courtesy of a stop sign... No, I would never attempt to take a photo while driving!
The sanctuary is set up so the congregation faces each other, and while it took a while getting used to, I like it. It is, as I said before, intimate. And the organ, piano, and choir pews are set up behind the altar - which was odd at first, but it's grown on me, and I absolutely love it.
My favorite part about singing is being in the sanctuary alone, with the lights dimmed, just me and God. I ask Him to use me, use my gift of song, to reach every single person in a way that only He knows they need to be reached. Sometimes the one-on-one time is just long enough to finish a quick prayer before the lights go up, before the accompanist starts to run through her piece(s), before Father walks in and strikes up a conversation... but I never feel interrupted. I feel like God reaches me for just the right length of time that He needs, that I need.