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Seeing the Unseen Post-YC

By October 9, 2012 No Comments

Well, we did it…correction…God did it! What a weekend! God showed up and we shouldn’t be surprised since we asked Him to do that very thing. The stories coming in today have been nothing short of amazing! Thanks for pulling together as a team and doing such incredible work to set the stage for the main attraction to do His work!

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Back to the Abraham story one more time…We find Him again in Hebrews 11 Hall of Faith passage.

Hebrews 11:8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.

Abraham kept his eye on something unseen. Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it…seeing something not visible. But that is what faith really is. A good friend of mine who will remain nameless (but who was a workshop speaker and Tyndale professor) emailed me these comments this morning:

“I was thinking this morning, that what God does at YC is a bit like the proverbial tip of the iceberg. We might see maybe 10% – through what we observe in the services, the emails and such afterwards. 10%. But I highly doubt we see or hear of anymore than that. Think of all the kids whose hearts were touched that we’ll never hear from, or the thousands who heard the broadcast. The 90% of what God has done, and will do, is hidden from our sight, just below the surface, so to speak. It’s there, and it’s monstrous in size! Given how much we see and hear from the 10% alone, and how awesome that’s been, let your mind wander to all that’s below the surface, and…WOW.”

We’ve seen and heard some incredible stories this weekend but what should motivate us as people of faith is the unseen. The fact that God has done an immense work in the lives of literally thousands of people this weekend. Knowing by faith that God is saving, healing, and transforming this generation far beyond the obvious can revive our faith even after such a gruelling weekend. Let’s by faith start seeing what God is going to do in the days ahead as we prepare for YC2013 and beyond. Ready to do this all over again?

Author Dean Brenton

Executive Director of Ministry Development & Strategic Initiatives PAONL, YCNL Director, Pastor, Husband, Dad, Diakonoi, Christ-follower.

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