At the opening of a Beth Moore conference a few years ago, Travis Cottrell, Beth's worship leader, prayed at the event opening. (If you are ever in need of some outstanding worship music buy Travis Cottrell CDs!) Travis challenged us to earnestly seek God during the conference and implored of God that every woman there experience a watermark moment. Travis went on to explain a watermark moment to be something that marks you, something that you can look back on and note a change in yourself or your life, good or bad.
Watermarks tend to be the events in our life that we remember most strongly. The birth of a child, or the loss of a loved one, a new job, or even moving to a new home. Any event with which you tend to mentally mark the passage of time is a watermark event. If you did not grow up a Christian and answered the call of Christ later in your life, that would definitely be a watermark moment for you!
This concept of watermark moments has stayed with me. Nineteen teenagers and five adult chaperones from our church are in New Orleans this week along with 25,000 other kids from around the country for the National Youth Gathering.Thanks to modern technology we were able to watch some of the event online. What an amazing experience. Thousands of young people together praising the One True God - it brings tears to my eyes. All those kids from all walks of life, from all over the country and of every color of the rainbow, together under one roof worshiping our God. Even watching online you could feel the absolute radiance of the Holy Spirit among the attendees. I pray that this is a watermark event for these young people. I pray that they can look back to this week and say THIS was the event that changed me- the week that fueled my passion for Jesus and lit my faith afire.
Have you had a watermark moment with Christ? A moment when you knew without a shadow of a doubt that you were loved, forgiven and redeemed? God says in the book of Jeremiah, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Everlasting love. Not temporary, not just when you are being "good", not when you have all your problems solved, not when He is in the mood, but everlasting - forever. All your yesterdays, your today, and all your tomorrows. God loves You. Let that soak in for a minute. Close your eyes and feel it: Gods love washing over you like water.
Amazing, everlasting, ever present Love.
I will leave you basking in the love of God because it is a great place to be.
Let that love leave a forever watermark upon you.
In His Peace