I remember being at Camp Geneva in Holland, Michigan in 1964 at a ministry seminar. In the darkness I walked on the beach, laid down in the sand and looked up at the
beautiful sky with it’s multitude of stars flickering across the dark canopy. Obviously too many to count. My mind jumped back in time to Abraham’s encounter with God and His promises several thousand years before — same sky, same God, same promises.
That night my faith was enlarged by the vastness of the starry panorama, and I asked God to connect me with a few other college students who wanted to follow Him, spend time together in the Bible and prayer, and reach out with the Good News to other Hope College students.
Within two weeks the first student showed up at my dorm room and we agreed to get a Bible study started in Kollen Hall. Over the next few weeks five other students came forward in different ways to join with us. A band of brothers was formed and a ministry team came into existence. Many men and women at Hope College gave their lives to Jesus as a result and many are still in Christian ministry and serving Him today.
All of this to say, that “PLACES” are vital to our lives — places where God meets us — like a lonely, sandy beach on Lake Michigan in the 1960’s. Places where God empowers us and changes us. Places where we are restored, our faith is strengthened, and our plans and visions are clarified.
That two hours on the Camp Geneva shoreline, changed the direction of my life. I entered into a personal contract with God that night and saw Him personally move my college landscape. That set me off on my faith journey in a new and exciting direction for the next 50 years, and it ain’t done yet! Beach sand and lapping waves — a very formative PLACE.
God has used “places” in people’s lives throughout history. Places are the intersection of the spatial with the eternal. Since we are bound by the material, the eternal God shows up in a “place” where we are located in order to meet with us there. And in that process, “places” become very holy. As He said to Moses at the place of the burning bush, “Take off your shoes, Moses, for this ground is holy.”
That night on the Lake Michigan shore, that patch of beach became a “holy place” in my life. We all have those “places” where God has met us in some specific way and our lives have never been the same.
That’s exactly what an OASIS can be in the life of a missionary or pastor — an intersection between God and us in time and space — a place where 3- dimensional life meets the 4th dimension — where the eternal God interacts with us in a specific way and impacts our life from that point onward.
Life Impact staff and intercessors pray this happens each time a ministry guest comes to one of our Centers. And many testimonies indicate that God is using these Oasis Places for exactly that — Life Impact!
How have “Places” impacted your life? Which “Places” has God used to impact you?