I am constantly asked how I got to where I am today. How did you get to Morningside? How did you become the co-host of an internationally syndicated television program at 24 years old? Was it easy? Did it happen overnight? I want to say a resounding NO. It did not happen overnight. Of the stories you have heard so far I feel like I have lived a pretty supernatural life. I have always been sensitive to the supernatural realm and I listen to the Holy Spirit inside of me. If He tells me to do something, I do it.
During one of the first days I got here, Pastor Jim saw something in me. He said, “I believe you are going to the mountaintop.” I remember everyone around him, saying, “Wow, who is this kid? He’s 18, right out of high school. Who is this kid Jim is talking about?” Pastor continued by telling me, “Don’t ever worry about how you are going to get there Zach. All you have to do is this…whenever God asks you to do something, you say, ‘Yes, God! Yes, God! Yes, God! Yes, God! YES!” He began to get louder and louder, repeating it over and over again, “Yes, God! Yes, God! YES, GOD! And Zach, before you know it, you are going to look around and say, ‘Oh my goodness, how did I get here’?”
It’s not simply by being a “yes man”; but by being a “yes man” to God. NEVER telling God no. I am not saying you can never argue, you know. It’s ok to argue with God, but it is always best to lose those arguments too.
I have learned that things aren’t going to happen overnight. I believe I am doing great things for being a 24 year old right now, but, compared to everything that God has told me I am going to do in my lifetime, this is just the tip of the iceberg. As the old saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothin yet!”
I believe this is what God has been saying to me, “You cannot imagine, Zach, what I’m going to do with your life yet. This is just your training ground!”
I come from the instant gratification generation. I thought that what God had called me to do at 17 would be easy and accomplished basically overnight. I truly believed I was going to come here and save the world in six months. I would come here, right after High School, evangelize, and the things that God had shown me were going to be done, would be complete in six months. But let me tell you right now that that is simply not how God operates. There are so many things you have to go through, so many things you have to experience for you to get to where God wants you to go. It’s not a microwave (Instant) kind of calling but more of a crock-pot calling (Takes time), and I’ve had to learn that during these last 6 years.
I have had to learn to fall in love with the journey. Not just to fall in love with where I’m going or what the end result is going to be, but with the growing process. I have to fall in love with the relationships that are being built and the experiences, good and bad, that I’ve had while ‘getting there’. It is the journey that God has blessed. And it’s the journey that you yourself need to learn to love. Stop and smell the flowers!
My journey to Morningside is what I will be talking about over the next few weeks. I look forward to sharing with you how carefully and supernaturally the Lord has worked to get me here and the truly blessed relationships formed from people that have believed in me and in whom God has brought into my life.
Stay tuned to my next blog “Journey to Morningside,” beginning next week!
Don’t forget, no matter the path that God has chosen: take a deep breath, say YES to God and learn to Love the Journey!!!