I’ve been to every Misfit Conference and I can attest that it just gets better and better! This year, I arrived with doubts and worries concerning the purpose God is calling me to pursue. I’m not fearful of moving back to New York as much as I am fearful of finding a place to reside.
Though it was hard, I asked family in the city if they would open their doors, open their hearts and welcome me into their homes. I was dismayed by the unwilling responses I received as the remaining hope I had was crushed.
The first night at the conference, as praise and worship proceeded, I began to weep. Housing was standing in between me and my calling. Though I was searching for the strength to rely on Christ, I was completely unsure. Then God spoke these words into my soul:
I will provide a way. I will provide you a place. Reside in Me.
The doubt began to dissipate as He reassured me.
Hope stands, faith arises. Doubt flees when You speak. All Your promises remain uncontested.
The leaders at Misfit are nothing less than helpful as they have taken on the task to help me find a place to reside in as I attend the school of ministry. I am so appreciative and grateful for them and I trust God will bless them in return for their compassion.
Then it was Saturday night.The last session of the conference. The I-don’t-want-this-to-end moment. As Pastor Carl Lentz took the stage, he read a scripture I was not quite familiar with. Though I’m sure I had heard it before, I had never digested it. And it couldn’t have been more appropriate for my situation. As he read the verses, tears flooded my face.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” — John 14:1-4
I am aware that this verse pertains to Heaven, my final destination and my eternal home. But I couldn’t help but believe that God wanted to assure me that He was also preparing a physical place for me, enabling me to undertake His calling.
I enjoyed all the messages from Pastor Chad Veach, Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., Pastor Chris Hill, Pastor Erwin McManus, and Pastor Maria Durso. Each speaker was a blessing as they each have a specific, unique anointing. I left feeling convicted, yet inspired. I am thankful for the sacrifices Pastor Chris and Yahris Durso make, and how greatly they are concerned with this generation. It is evident every conference and every Friday night that they are truly determined to see youth and young adults acknowledge and pursue their God-given purpose.
It was such a privilege to be able to attend the Misfit Conference again and I am already looking forward to the next conference. But in the meantime, I will permit the Holy Spirit to continue to instruct me how to entirely depend and trust in Him. And the more I learn to trust Him with every detail of my life, the more He will show Himself faithful. I will occupy His presence as He prepares a place for me.