Meet Kayla…senior in high school, worship leader in youth at her church, Senior class chaplain and looking forward to a life in service for Christ in Christian music. You might recognize her from other posts…yes, she’s my daughter and the first to submit a word of wisdom from the mouth of a teen on Dishin. Take it away Kayla!
On March 28th I got an incredible opportunity. I am 17 years old and I am a part of a band at my church called the 4.12 Band and we compose our own original music as youth. Our name stands for 1st Timothy 4:12 which says: “Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Almost all of the people in the band are youth and we compose our own original music together. We have had two live recordings and we have an album out that is going to be distributed worldwide. Two of my own songs are on that album.
We were invited by Teen Mania to do three of our songs in the Maybee Center in Tulsa for Acquire the Fire, which is a huge annual event where people from all over rally together for God and learn about Him.
Three years earlier I had attended this event and never in my dreams thought that one day I would be leading hearts to God at it. It was beyond what I could imagine. Even though I was extremely excited about this, I was also worried. I knew that I had two choices before me: I could either go out onto that stage giving all the glory to God or I could go out onto that stage giving all the glory to myself. Pride has always been a constant battle for me when it comes to the gifts that God has given me. I am on stage at least twice a week and every time I step onto the stage, I am entering a battle against my flesh.
I knew that God was putting me in a position at Acquire the Fire where He could use me to reach out to the hearts of the 7,000 people that were going to be there. All I wanted was for God to have the glory, not me, because I knew that if I let myself get in the way, it could prevent peoples’ hearts from being reached.
The night before the event, I was praying to God and I told Him that I wanted my heart to be right and my mind to agree with my heart. I also told Him I needed alone time with Him before I stepped onto that stage. I needed my heart and mind prepared.
Not long after I prayed, one of the guys from the band told me that I was going to have my own hotel room, and I got extremely excited inside because God had just answered my prayers and I knew I would get to be completely alone with Him.
While everyone went out to get food, I sat in my hotel room on my bed and asked God to speak to me because I wanted Him to have it all, not me. Not long after saying that, I opened my bible straight to my favorite Psalm, Psalm 91.
God immediately spoke to me through verse 1: “HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].”
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘standing in someone’s shadow’. When you are standing in someone’s shadow or under the shadow of someone else, no matter what you do, they are always noticed more than you are. No matter how much glory you get, they always get more glory. That person is always recognized and noticed more than you are.
To be FIXED under the shadow of God means that no matter what you do, no matter how much you are noticed, no matter how much glory you are given, God is always given more glory than you are. He is always noticed more than you are.
God is more visible than you are. I will never forget walking onto that stage the next day in front of 7,000 people, lifting my hands to God with the words UNDER GOD’S SHADOW written on my right hand. I want to encourage you that no matter where you are or what you are doing, it is all because of Him that you are doing it!
Remain fixed under His shadow at all times, and praise Him for the opportunities that He gives you!