I Visited The Kingdom – Basileia 2016 (VIDEO)
Forgive me for not uploading a post last week Sunday… Let me explain:
I met Jesus.
Well, Jesus met me..
It was at Basileia 2016…
What had happened was, I went on a week-long retreat with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Basically, about 350 college kids from all over NY/NJ, each in search of some kind of restoration, went upstate New York to fellowship in near isolation. #TheWilderness
Doesn’t that sound so crazy?
Well it was.
Crazy in a great way.
Sorry, I’m rambling.. I’ll attempt to get to the point now!
Personally, I went on this retreat (called Basileia a.k.a Basi) knowing 1. I needed a break after such a hectic semester 2. I’d be worshipping God all day and night – so something great was bound to happen.
Day 1: Satan tried it!! Ooh, he tried it. I tore a ligament in my knee.
How Simbi, you ask. Well…. There was a dance competition!
And I had to represent my school on stage. (The school spirit is crazy at Basi)
So, little ol’ Simbi hopped in stage.. Made it through about 4 rounds and for her final freestyle to Hello by Adele, she decided to end in a split.
Mind you, she hadn’t stretched in a while and just came off a 6-7 hour bus ride.
And, pop went my knee cap.
Although I laughed about it… It really hurt and was extremely frustrating because I had to slow down physically and I couldn’t be as active as usual
Ok I’m rambling again…
Thankfully, I didn’t let the frustration get to me, God reminded me that I’d be healed (which I now am), and I kept my head up.
Through it all, God taught me a lesson. A very important one:
Sometime, we may not know where we’re going (e.g. my freestlye). However, when we decide to trust in Him and allow Him to steer the ship, he’ll guide us to victory. Why? Because His plans for us are good, pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
God guided me through my first ever freestlye… I took one for the team and won!
It was a whole lot of fun.
Wanna know why?
Although I was expectant, I couldn’t predict what God had in store for me.
All week, I learned that there’s something extremely powerful about fellowship & community.
I realized that unity within the body of Christ is so important. Every race, every gender, every ethnic group…
I mean, young people… Genuinely searching for more of God. On fire! Praises went up! Blessing poured down! Breakthroughs happened! Vulnerability was taken to a whole new level.
I left Basi 2016 with a super extended family.
For me, that’s more than enough. You guys know how much I value friendships and relationships in general.
Basi was good. Every single moment of it.
I’m trying really hard to put my experience into words but as you can probably tell, it’s extremely difficult because you have to experience Jesus for yourself and by yo’self!!
I can tell you all about Him and how He met me where I was, but until you have a personal experience with Him, you probably won’t fully grasp it …
At Basi.. God opened my eyes…
To things I idolize i.e. Success, fear of failure, perfection, etc.
To the purpose and beauty of pure and healthy relationships
To a deeper understanding of Him and His authority over all things (shoutout to the EJ Track!)
Moral of the story (or ramble):
Get together with a group of people. Worship God in spirit and in truth, and see if He won’t show up and show out. Try Him!!!
… Basileia 2017, we’re ready 😉
Shoutout to all my newly adopted brothers and sisters. Josephina, Kiki, Ese, Julie, Jonas, Charles and the list goes on!
May we all continue to bask in the presence of God forever. Beyond Basi… Into NYC, NJ and beyond.
So yeah, that’s why I didn’t upload a post last Sunday.
Am I forgiven?
Before you leave, check out this cute recap video I put together! Super unplanned but it worked out:
Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” – Ecclesiastes 12:1
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2
May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. – Psalms 144:12