Spiritual Emphasis Week inspires students to dream big dreams
October 2nd, 2012 | Laura Prosapio
One of the highlights of my short career at Evangel so far has been the Spiritual Emphasis Week we had in September. This was not only a time of growth in my relationship with God, but it served as a foundation to the beginning of my college experience.
Each service began as the worship team ushered us into God’s presence. Through extended periods of seeking God, we surrendered our school year and our lives to Him. Our guest speaker, Pastor Herbert Cooper of People’s Church in Oklahoma City, shared each day.
A message that especially impacted me was about the life of Joseph. Joseph dreamt big dreams for God. However, adversity stood the way. Sold into slavery by his brothers, thrown into prison by his master and forced into many years of waiting for his dream to be made real, Joseph experienced major adversity. Yet, he remained faithful to the calling — the dream — that God placed within him. After years in prison, the opportunity arose for Joseph to interpret the king’s dream that predicted severe famine in the land. In response, the king placed Joseph as second-in-command over the entire kingdom. Even in his position of power, Joseph extended forgiveness to his brothers and chose to live in the dream God gave him.
What the enemy meant for harm, God intended for good.
This message about Joseph made me reflect on the good God has done in my life. We have all faced disappointments and unexpected sadness. Yet, God has remained faithful. While certain situations in life have not appeared to be “good,” God has caused them to work together for good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
We each have a purpose in God. Just as Joseph had a purpose but had to face adversity along the way, so we most often face adversity on the way to our dreams. Pastor Cooper firmly stressed this point. The incredible part of the journey of pursuing the dream is being able to trust Him during those times of adversity.
My prayer is that during Spiritual Emphasis Week, each of us received a word, a message, a thought or a moment that brought us closer to God. As we reflect on the dream God has placed in our hearts, may we have renewed faith and passion to hold onto it, believing God will use our dream for His glory.
Want more? Check out the other guest speakers Evangel will be welcoming for upcoming Chapel services.