Are You Ready?
“Are you ready for your blessing? Are you ready for your miracle?”
Some of you may not know this about me, but I’m actually a pretty big rap fan. The music, and its culture, has been a huge part of my life since middle school. I grew up on it, and it’s stuck with me to this day. It has stuck with me so much, that I recently had the opportunity to go to a Chance the Rapper concert- on a Tuesday night, at 8:00pm…. in Tulsa, OK. After the two-hour drive I didn’t get home until 2:00am Wednesday morning, but it was SO worth it.
For those of you unfamiliar with Chance the Rapper, which I imagine is most of people reading this; Chancelor Bennett is a rapper (hence his stage name) from Chicago. His grandmother’s faithful persistence eventually led Chance to the Lord, and while he’s not perfect (none of us are) you can tell that his passion for Jesus has greatly impacted his music. I know what you’re thinking… “Why in the world is this blog about some rapper named Chance??” Well, it’s not (OK, it kind of is). He was just the spark of inspiration. Let me explain.
One of my favorite songs from Chance is called Blessings. Chance sings, “Are you ready for your blessing? Are you ready, for your miracle?” Yes, this is actually a lyric directly from the song. Another lyric, and possibly my favorite verse Chance lays down in the song– “Hit Jericho with a buzzer beater to end a quarter, watch brick and mortar fall like dripping water, ugh!” Whew!! That is powerful! As I stood in the audience surrounded by thousands of people (some who probably knew the Lord, but some who probably did not) singing these lyrics, it got me thinking. What does it mean to be ready for a blessing? What does it mean to be ready for a miracle? These are pretty easy things to sing casually, but what does it mean practically? How did Joshua get to see (as Chance describes), “brick and mortar fall like dripping water”?!
Well, while I can’t say I know the exact answers to those questions, for the next few times I’m ‘featured’ on the blog, I want to look at our Biblical character Joshua. There’s a TON we can learn from Joshua, and I hope you’ll stick with me throughout the entire series, as we look at some biblical ways to prepare ourselves to be, “ready for your blessing ” and “ready for your miracle”.
So, until next time- Are you ready?
Director of Contemporary Worship