On Friday, April 24th, Lecrae and Andy Mineo came to Boston on the Anomaly Tour. That was the best concert I've ever been to…because it was the only real concert that I've ever been to LOL. I am a HUGE fan of Lecrae and Andy Mineo so you know I had to be prepared for their coming. I had the day off, I listened to their albums all day to make sure I knew the lyrics, I made sure I had money to possibly purchase a shirt, and I made sure that I wore sneakers so I can run up on stage or up front just in case. I just wanted to be ready since this is the first time they were coming to Boston, I was so excited! However, the Lord had other plans…as always.
On Friday morning, I was ready to go the meet-and-greet to see Lecrae and Andy at Johnny Cupcakes on Newbury Street. Unfortunately, I didn't have a bus pass or any cash at all to get there, but I was still determined to go. I was suppose to get my car stuff situated and decided to do that another time because I HAD to see Lecrae and Andy. I talk to my best friend and boyfriend about it that morning and they reminded me of what was more important. So I didn't go to see them and got my car stuff situated instead, which sort of ruined my plans of getting to Boston for the concert later that night.
Next thing I know, I'm at the registry in Brockton and it's a two hour wait for me to get my plates. I'm already nervous that I'm going to be late because I did not have on my outfit for the night, I didn't make sure I knew all the songs and a few old ones so I was already frustrated. They finally call “A156 at register 7” and I walk over and of course I get a grumpy lady who's ready to click the next ticket number. Then within my one minute standing there she tells me I can't get my plates and clicks the next ticket number….I was SO mad. I waited until the registry had a few people left so I can ask the lady a question. I didn't get a chance to talk to her and I just left really upset and annoyed. It was 5:30, the concert starts at 7pm. I was so ticked off. At that point I didn't care…I did not even want to go anymore. I went home to change and get myself together and I just sat on my bed frustrated and thinking. I know everything happens for reason and no matter how hard I try to stay organized, things just shifts and quite frankly, I don't do well with shifting. As I sat on my bed , the Lord spoke to me…to be more clear, when I say the Lord spoke, I mean that inner small voice that you know is not yours that convicts, comforts, guides, and disciplines you. To continue, the Lord spoke to me and said “Do you prepare for me?”. I didn't understand at first but He continued to press, “Do you prepare for my kingdom?” “Do you prepare your self for me before Sunday service?” “Do prepare yourself everyday, every morning, every night?”
I realized that I was excited to be prepared for this one night that would last only 4 hours. I wanted to make sure I knew as much of the songs as possible, make sure that I was representing the Unashamed motto, make sure that I was dressed comfortable to enjoy the night and more. The way I prepared for this concert was not the way I would prepare myself for worship, bible study, morning service, midweek service, prayer and for things that are there to help me grow and excel in my walk with Christ. The amount of focus and dedication I put into this concert took the entire day. I put the concert over everything to the point I got frustrated, mad, and had no one to blame for it. Why prepare in such a way for one night compared to preparing my heart for the Savior for eternal life?
Everyday, we should be on edge; we should be LONGING to give God praise for another day to live life. A few weeks ago, one of my church sisters finally had the day off the next day and couldn't wait to wake up in the morning to spend time with God. So we ended our convo and she quickly went to bed. After being convicted for putting my time, attention, and effort in preparing for this concert, I reevaluated how I spend my time each day and if I make enough time to spend with God; how do I prepare myself physically and mentally for Him.
How do you prepare yourself for God? Do you go on Instagram real quick and find your self on it for an hour scrolling away? Do you talk on the phone and keep initiating conversation to kill time and avoid devotions? Prepare yourself the way you would study for an exam, the way you would get ready for work, the way you would get ready for an interview, the way you would get ready for a date night. We are preparing for eternal life with the Father and He is worth the preparation. I pray that this inspires and motivates you to prepare yourself when you come before the Lord. Get ready to dig in His word and receive what He has for you.
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11 NLT)
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.