Just before I went to Pennsylvania on a Christian retreat, I was praying and thanking God for the blessed opportunity when the Lord said, “Kevin will anoint you.” I remember thinking, okay, but at the same time wondering how this could be. You see, I was the least important person, out of the ten, going. The other nine incredible individuals went to work the retreat via through preaching, teaching, and youth ministry — I went solely as a companion with a camera to catch God’s glory.
The first night in Pennsylvania Kevin preached a powerful message and asked our group to come forward to pray with the people who were standing before the alter. I remained in my seat, but the others waved me forward as if I were part of the team. I stood on the stage with the other ministers, perplexed, when Kevin said, “Put out your hands.” We placed our hands palm up before him. “I’m going to anoint you,” he said, rubbing his hands over ours.
The second evening, after our team had done a fantastic job teaching, we had 3 powerful messages in Heavenly interpretations. When Ranae was speaking in tongues for the second time, God said to me, “You, you, you.” Meaning: listen to the interpretation it is for you. That is not to say it was for me alone, but that God wanted me to pay particular attention to what was about to be spoken. Here are a few clips of what I can remember:
“You are here for a reason.”
“You have been called.”
“Some of you have been praying for certain things for a long time — do not give up — the harvest is near.”
“Yes you will stumble, and you will fall, but I will lift you up.”
Praise God! That last tidbit was reassuring because I have to dust my spiritual knees off all the time. And I must admit, I had been praying about my writing, among other things, for quite some time. I had decided, recently, that maybe God hadn’t called me to write and that maybe I got it all wrong. So I focused more on taking photos, which I love to do also because I need a creative Godly outlet.
All in All it was a fantastic retreat, and I appreciate Pastor Darrla for inviting me and being an awesome individual.