What’s better than a one-year anniversary with a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife you may ask? A one-year anniversary with God!
Nov. 9 marked the date where I walked into Hillsong LA for the very first time and decided to call it my home. It was my first time going to a Christian church and I clearly remember that night, how can I forget!?
We decided to go to the 8 p.m. service and as we were lining up outside I felt this rush of electricity throughout my whole body. We were about to go in when suddenly people stopped us to give us a high five, and shake our hand with the phrase I will never forget, “welcome, come.” I will never forget how I felt; I was not even inside yet and I knew this was my forever home.
We went up to the balcony and immediately the band started to play. At the time I really did not listen to worship music, therefore I followed along the screen listening to Daniel J. Matthews sing “How great is our God, sing with me// How great is our God, and all will see// How great, how great is our God.” Right there and then I broke out into tears; I never connected with Jesus in such a strong and powerful way before and those lyrics by Chris Tomlin spoke to me that night.
I guess you could say that’s my “God song” and along with that night I decided to give my life to Jesus, to know more of Him. Ben Houston brought the word and his message was about “addition and multiplication,” a.k.a. generously giving and distributing.
I left that night knowing that God has called me by name and that showing up to Hillsong LA was no mistake. I left with a new perspective, I craved Him more every single day. Soon after I started reading the Bible, which was new for me.
On June 26 I got baptized and it has all been an emotional but good roller coaster ride. Throughout this year I’ve met some of my best friends and gotten opportunities that are beyond my understanding. I don’t deserve this life that I’m living but I know that God brought me in that night for a reason.
I’m thankful for all the friendships I’ve made and all the memories I continue to make. I cannot wait to make Hillsong my family church and see my (way) future kids grow up in such an amazing place that overflows with the love of Jesus.
One year and counting.
“Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your creator.” Ecclesiastes 12:1