When I came on my DTS in 2014, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't particularly fearful or excited, I just rocked up expecting more religious teaching like I had received during my life. I definitely was not expecting God to encounter me personally.

I used to think that God had stopped speaking, I thought that was something that was only in Bible times. In the first few weeks of DTS when we had a teaching on Hearing the Voice of God I was blown away that He still speaks, that He actually has a desire to speak with us. He spoke to what my heart was feeling specifically. He showed me that He saw me. I was not overlooked in His eyes.

Fast forward to present day and I am doing BLS, staffing my second school. This is the third time I have heard these lectures, and God continues to amaze me.

God's desire to speak to us shouldn't come as a surprise. When we look at His character it all makes sense. God is a loving father. As a good father He loves to speak to us, it is not a chore for Him but a joy for Him to sit and speak to each of us. We are all God's children and God is just as likely to speak to me as he is anyone else. You don't need to be a pastor or a missionary, God does not play favourites.

Something that impacted me the most about these lectures this time around was yielding to God. Over and over again in the Bible we see that God uses the most unlikely people. He is not only going to use the most accomplished and capable people. In fact, He loves to use people who are not exactly 'fit' for the job. In this way God is greatly glorified. Another reason that I love about God working this way is that when He chooses to use ill equipped people, they (and I) have no choice but to press into God and rely on Him in everything we are doing. This is how God values relationship. God is looking for willing people. I am learning to choose to say yes to God, to let go of my ideas and my pride that His plan for my life may take place. God works in unexpected, sometimes illogical ways. I am learning to recognize and look for Him speaking in unexpected ways.

"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." Matthew 16:25

Jenai Piet (Beach to Bush DTS staff)

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