I am new to giving my will to God and when I made that commitment, he gave me a strong urge and nudge to take a path where I normally would not have gone. In order to do it, I had to take a HUGE leap of faith...
I chair the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and created a Facebook fan page for it. US Mission Network, an organization whose main goal is to raise the C — Christian — in ymCa, discovered my fan page online and would sometimes share my posts. One day, the President of US Mission Network messaged me on Facebook and we became friends. He told me about their first ever National Christian Conference -- Seize the Day! I wanted to go but the price of the conference, airfare, food, and hotel would cost almost $2,000. My Y wasn’t able to fund me to go to it so if I attended it, I would have to pay the costs myself.
Even though it looked like it wasn’t going to happen, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I am supposed to be there….that God is calling me to attend it. Then four weeks prior to the event, I noticed a post from Seize the Day that it was the last day for early bird pricing. I stared at the computer screen and felt a huge pull to click register now. Then I saw Stormy Rose’s business card on my desk underneath the computer screen. I noticed the uncanny similarities. They both have mountain vistas and are the same shades of blue and they both had a person on top of a vista with their arms straight up in a victory pose…it was eery…. I quickly called Stormy and told her I thought it may be a sign from God that she is to go with me. Stormy was in Boston at the time visiting her daughter. Four weeks is not enough time to save up for an expensive trip especially immediately after taking one and she told me no.
I kept staring at the screen. I asked God why he taunted me with Stormy’s card on my desk looking just like the Seize the Day marketing materials. He didn’t answer but the pull in my heart got instantly stronger. I took a picture of my computer screen with Stormy’s card under it and posted it on my personal Facebook page and wrote, “Should I stay or should I go?” The chorus of that song kept going through my head for the rest of the day and into the night, “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay there will be double. So I really want to know, should I stay or should I go!”
At almost midnight, I realized why God was showing me Stormy’s card and the conference page at the same time. So I would make the connection that there is someone that I am supposed to meet on this trip — someone special like how special it was to meet Stormy. I took a leap of faith and with only enough money to pay for the registration fee in my Origami Owl jewelry checking account, I paid for the last minutes of the early bird pricing.