One of my all-time favorite things that happen on every trip is when God shows up in unexpected ways. When something happens that you didn’t expect and it just blows your mind.
This happened multiple times during my trips this summer but one instance in particular still comes back to me. We were in this little village up in Northern Belize called San Lazaro. One of our projects for the week was to put a roof on their church, so while that was being done we held church under this tent right next to the church. On this particular night, we were ending our service and about to walk back our respective houses to sleep when all of the sudden it started to down pour. And I mean Hard! Like really hard. We could barely see 10 feet in front of us hard. THEN, the lights went out and when they go out in this village its pitch black.
The first thought in my mind was to get the truck for lights and then maybe start shuttling people back to where they were staying when one of the team members started to sing. Then, everyone started to sing. The team, the children, the members of the church, everyone. We didn’t have lights, we were under a canopy, it was raining but we sang. We sang every single song from Vacation Bible School and then some. It was hands down the best night of the trip and all because God Showed up and we let him take the moment. He showed us the most important thing of all.
You don’t need lights, a building, a clear blue sky to praise him. You can praise him in the rain. You can praise him in the darkness and in the light. Although it wasn’t a rough night to begin with I think this was something important for me and for others to learn. When we are in the midst of a storm, when its raining and raining hard; when your life isn’t going how you planned and you feel like you are in the dark without a light, Just Praise God. He will show up if you are willing to let him have control.