A few weeks ago, I was pacing my room simply praying to God asking for Him to show me His will. He placed the following two words on my heart "Simple Worship".
To say that I am very PASSIONATE about Worship Arts is quite the UNDERSTATEMENT in Jesus name! Sometimes I may even be just a little TOO OVER passionate....if that's even possible. Like as in, I apologize in advance if my over passionate music soul offends you in any way....With these two words that God reminded me of, it was almost too perfect of a "coincidence".
Looking back on this cough cough...."musical" year.....what musical year?....not going to lie or sugar coat this, but it was honestly rough. I think I was a cute little naive "city" girl when it came to the "art of worship leading" in the cities. I'd like to look at this year as a literal "worship arts testing" from God. I thought it would be SO EASY to find a church to plug into and do this whole worship leading thing....but I found out that it's not so....week after week passed, month after month, and a semester passed by. I was like, "God, are you for real?" Leaving me hanging like this with NO worship leading opportunity?" God whispered to my soul "Aiste, why do you worship me?" I was like, "God, what kind of question is that?!?!?! I worship you because it's when my heart connects the closest to You and I have a passion to reach the hearts of people for You through this art of music ministry!".....then it HIT me in the face like a cold Siberian tsunami, call it a spiritual slap, or whatever you like.....
I realized that all God desired is that He wanted me to "Simply Worship" Him, and Him alone.
This meant developing a daily habit of taking a little time out of my day everyday, my guitar/flute and sing my heart out to my Savior. God wants us to cherish those "little" moments of life. I honestly think my mind was SO set on finding that worship arts opportunity within the church, that I overlooked this concept. When you're in your eighties and look back on your life, what will you remember? Will you remember all those worship leading times/concerts or those "little" moments of musical life that you spent with God? When you no longer are physically able to do stage dives in the crowd, sing or play your favorite instrument for Jesus, will you look back in regret wishing you could have spent those "little" musical moments simply worship Jesus? That really convicted my soul.
It's. so. true. So many times I think we as worship leaders get SO focused on the traditional way of worship leading (stage platform, high energy worship song performance, "flawless" instrumental & vocals) that we forget what it means to "Simply Worship". We forget that there are SO many other CREATIVE ways to go about loving God through music.To me, simply worshiping means loving on God's people whenever the opportunity arises. Wither that's talking to some dear soul on the streets of Moscow and sharing the love of God with them through music, or hanging out with my sister or dear friend. It's something that is to be done daily wither life is going great, ok, or terrible. Simple worship is singing to Jesus when you aren't on the stage platform.
In the end, it's simply a daily expression of your love to God....