Have you ever gone through a major transition in your life and wondered what God was doing? In 2008 I was going through one of those transitions. I had just left the staff at a church and I didn’t have any new plans. That’s always a bit scary! There are always bills to pay, a family to support and a life to live!
But, I have always been amazed at how God directs my paths and supplies my needs. That summer, the first surprise was being asked by Linda Bakken from the Stampede Chuckwagon Committee to do a big special production number of ‘O Canada’ for the Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede is billed as the greatest outdoor show on earth. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the world to enjoy the Rodeo and the Chuckwagon Races & Grandstand show for ten days of awesome outdoor shows. Calgary turns into a fun western town for the full Stampede!
For the production number, I helped put together a marching band and brass section with guest soloist Christine Chester. I did my best David Foster imitation – playing a grand piano and conducting the musicians. Every night we got to play for crowds of around 25-30,000 people. For those who are not familiar with the Canadian anthem.. it is a prayer for God to bless our country. How cool is that!.. During those ten days, I got to conduct a prayer in front of 270,000 people for my ‘home and native land’, the great country of Canada. What a fun gig! (Check out the Youtube video!)
The other door that the Lord opened that summer was writing for a big musical event in Toronto. A buddy of mine, Steve Munshaw was asked to produce an event called ‘Heaven’s Rehearsal’. Steve asked me to be the musical director for the event, but because of the logistical problems and costs of working on an event that far away, I ended up just writing all the charts and orchestrations for the musical and worship extravaganza.
For the better part of two months I sat in my office and wrote full vocal and orchestra parts for a myriad of different worship songs. There were great upbeat gospel tunes, Gaither style quartets pieces, major choir pieces and a host of great worship tunes with soloists, singers, choir and a 40 piece orchestra. Although I did not get to attend the weekend in Toronto, I saw the great video footage. Steve Munshaw, the band, singers, choir and dancers did an awesome job. I was very proud to have been part of that project. (Check out Heaven’s Rehearsal on Youtube!)
Those two projects covered my expenses and kept me very busy until God called me to work at Eastside City Church where I lead worship for almost six years. God knows what you need and when you need it.
The longer I walk with God, the more I trust Him.
Question: In what area is God asking you to trust Him? What stories can you share of God’s supply in your life?