A small group of about 30 teens and teachers started using Lies Young Women Believe as a Bible study in fall of 2008. They took a really unique approach using a different woman to testify about how she has had Truth tested in her life in the areas we outlined in the book such as “Lies About Guys” and “Lies About The Future.” The teachers ranged in age from 30 to 70!!! This really excited Nancy and I to see mentoring happening from all life stages.
As this group approached the end of the book, they wanted a grand finale. So, they sent me an email and asked if I’d come. I’ve been invited to Alaska before, but for some reason the season wasn’t right and I couldn’t go. This time, I felt a burden that I MUST go. I said “yes.” And planning began!
On January 23rd five hundred moms and daughters from the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula came out on a Friday night to worship and be challenged to live according to Truth. This was outstanding considering that Homer Alaska has a population base of about 5000! Many of these women and girls traveled a distance to be with us and the sweet spirit of expectancy was great.
The Lord led me to teach primarily from Acts 16:16-30. The move of repentance in that place was so powerful with women and young women on their faces weeping great freeing tears and two precious ones surrendering to Christ for the first time. In fact, I’ve just got to share a tad of it with you.
It was NOT a good day for Paul and Silas. Read the passage. They’d been stripped of their clothing and their dignity, beaten until they were black and blue and flogged until they were bloody and then they were thrown into prison with shackles on their feet. It absolutely was not a good “little t truth” day. The little t truth (or reality of their circumstances) was horrible. I bet you’ve never had a day that bad before!
But verse 25 reads, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…” What? Are you kidding? Now, I don’t know about you but it seems to me that it is just “about midnight” when the Enemy of our souls brings out a magnifying glass to illuminate all the bad “little t truth” of my life. I can assure you that I don’t feel like singing. BUT Paul and Silas knew that the focus of their life had to be “Big T Truth”—Jesus. So, the lifted their eyes above the horrible “little t truth” and gazed up to Jesus.
What happens next is amazing. The other prisoners gawk. (Check it out in verse 25. They’re not singing along!) And suddenly a great earthquake rocks their world and sets them free from their “little t truth.” Only, THEY DON’T LEAVE! In the next moment, the jailer is crying out “What must I do to be saved?” And Paul and Silas got to share the gospel with him and all the others in the jailhouse! Now that is a jailhouse on the Rock!
Ya know, I have to wonder. Would the jailer have hungered for Christ if Paul and Silas had whined and wailed about their “little T Truth?” Would the other prisoners have stayed to listen to the gospel if Paul and Silas had done anything less than sing their lungs out for their big T Truth? I don’t think so. You see, our ability to focus on Big T Truth through the difficult little t truth circumstances of our life is what ultimately illuminates Christ in our lives to a lost world. Did you get that? If we are going to be credible witnesses, we’ve got to stop sobbing and start singing!
I know you probably have some difficult little “t” truth stuff going on in your life. Break-ups. Parent problems. Academic challenges. Frenemies. But what are you focusing on? Little t truth? (That’s sure to make it worse.) Or Big T Truth? (It’s a promise in scripture that this will make it better!)
On a thrilling side note. The morning after I delivered this extraordinary piece of Truth from God’s word, I was seated at a delightful brunch with the small group that’s been studying Lies Young Women Believe. As I munched on my quiche and fresh fruit, the entire church starting shaking like crazy. Yep! You guessed it. I survived my first earthquake there with those precious new friends. It was a 6.1! They’re so used to them, that they just giggled and said, “Welcome to Alaska!” I, however, pondered that moment as the day went on and decided that I would pray for God to unleash and earthquake of Truth through those precious Truth Seekers! I hope he’ll do the same for you, too!