Ever have one of those ‘moments’ where everything about your faith, just suddenly makes sense?
For me, it happens usually when I’m at the top of a hill or walking by the Sea, or watching a Sunset. Sounds cheezy (I know!) but there’s something about incredible displays of creation cleverness, which make me understand and love God more.
I had another one of those ‘moments’ at the Big Church Day Out last month. In fact, this particular moment just summed up the whole weekend for me, in a spectacular way.
It had been a long day, our feet and backs ached, faces were stuck in a ‘smile position’, having met and greeted so many cool people, but finally, it was time to down tools and enjoy the final concert of the night.
A few of us walked down to the mainstage in the gathering dusk to listen to Hillsong Live. The sun was slowly setting, phone lights and glo sticks were held high, as thousands of people threw their hands in the air and worshipped. All around us, there were people from all sorts of backgrounds and traditions, able-bodied people, people with disabilities, children, older people and from what I could see, a pretty good representation of the UK ‘church’. Eyes shut, faces turned upwards, you could hear in-tune and out-of-tune voices, all singing their lovely hearts out.
As the concert drew to a close, we walked in silence up the hill to the car, the sound of thousands of voices praising, behind us. As we neared the car, we stopped for a few minutes to take in the scene at the bottom of the hill.
In the fading light, my camera couldn’t quite capture the loveliness and awe of that moment, but it was spectacular, watching the gentle swaying of lights, as countless people sang Cornerstone:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all
(© Reuben Morgan , Edward Mote , Jonas Myrin , Eric Liljero)
Moments like that remind me that the message of the cross, salvation, Jesus, faith is very, very simple.
There’s nothing complicated about it, it doesn’t require masses of ‘over-thinking’ or analysing or deep, in-depth theological studies – it’s just a simple, beautiful love story, for anyone and everyone who decides to accept it.