Every year I have attended Hillsong Conference, and I have been going for many years, God has done something significant in my life.
Each year I go with faith, expecting God to speak to me and each year I leave challenged, inspired and equipped. There is no doubt that something extraordinary happens when a community of believers gather together.
However, last year was different. If I am honest, I wasn’t as faith-filled or as excited as I had been in the past. I had just turned sixty and for some reason I wasn’t coping with the milestone very well. It seemed as if I had hit a wall. I felt I had come to the end of something without being able to see what was next. I was uncertain about my future for the first time in years.
Then, perhaps when I was the least expectant, the preacher was no longer speaking to an arena filled with people but, instead, had an audience of one. The message had been designed by God for me: Joshua’s seventh circuit of Jericho was more fruitful than the first six. Suddenly, God filled me with hope and anticipation about the next decade.
I have discovered over the years that God is no respecter of persons. He has remarkable plans for all of us and He wants to tell us about them. Clearly, as my experience attests, we don’t have to be perfect or even expectant for God to speak to us. We just have to be listening.