There were many special moments throughout the week at the Guild. Mimicking Peter Moreton’s accents to Peter Moreton, rolling out of bed into clothes to get to morning devotions, learning humility from my roommate, being part of the audio drama, being the “water girl” in the film crew, and staying an extra day to spend more time with new friends and drive home on more than 5 hours of sleep!
There are many more moments I could share… like watching my good friend, Marissa Dubina, pounce on a 5 foot snake, calm it down, convert a little girl to snake-loving, and pass it to Mark Hamby, myself, and a few others. That was indeed memorable! Another special time I never could have planned happened one afternoon when my roommate, Mary, and I were relaxing and singing while I played guitar. I played a song I wrote for her and she said, “You should play that for Michael Card.”
“Ok…. Sure, why not!”
So off we went to find him. We found him in the first place we looked and he was just hanging out waiting until his next session. So I asked if I could play my song for him. He said sure, and I sat down to play my song for a man who had been writing songs for probably more years than I had been alive.
When I finished, I had no clue what he might say. His feedback shocked me! He said it was really great, that I had all the elements of a great song and he loved it. He was impressed with the song format and told me to go write a “simple song.” As you might imagine, this was very encouraging and has spurred me on to write more songs and soon record them. I understand how powerful music is in the lives of people, and I am fearful as I pursue this. Fearful because I do not want to take my gift and misuse it, not for a moment. My heart’s desire and prayer is that no one would remember me, but that they would remember the words, which are either directly from the Bible or are principles from God’s Word.
After listening to my song and complimenting me, Michael Card said I needed to change my guitar strings. I happened to have some with me so he also changed them for me, on the spot, 15 minutes before his session began!
I have never been in such a rich environment – the place, the people, the conversations, the arts – it was all so excellent! My time at the Guild was well-worth the monetary cost because I came away with eternal purpose and vision, developed friendships, learned to be a better servant, and exercised my God-given gifts. I laid up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt, and I learned more ways to do so in the future. God provided the funds to get me there and then performed exceeding abundantly above all that I asked or thought! Who is so great a God as our God?