"They messed up the order!!!!
They gave us 8 personal sized pizzas instead of 8 larges!
How could they do that? All the others were large pizzas!
We have 150 mouths to feed and not enough pizza to do it!
Hannah! what should we do?!?!?"
That is what Anastasia cried out to me as she ran past me trying to chase after the pizza delivery guy that was long gone.
Many lessons were learned that night when 120 first year students (and 30 student leaders) at the University of Waterloo came to learn about getting involved with Power to Change. The biggest lessons were not logistical. The most important lessons were spiritual.
Lesson #1: Remember to pray
As we were figuring out what to do to feed the masses, Daynica, a student leader comes and says "Have you prayed about it yet?"
Ashamedly, fixing the problem was my first reaction, not prayer. But at that moment we stopped and we prayed. We thanked God for all the people in the room and asked that He would feed them, knowing that the number of people surprised us, but not Him.
Lesson #2: God's love is not dependant on us
Anastasia was in charge of feeding the 150 people in the room that night. When she couldn't do it, it affected her greatly. It was as if, there was a great weight on her that couldn't be lifted. As we debriefed the night together, she realized that she understands that in her head that God doesn't love her because of what she does (or doesn't do), but in her heart, she is still trying to earn His love. We talked through how God shows His power through our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9) and how because of Jesus we can approach His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
Lesson #3: God can break our plans to make sure His plans succeed
Two teams tried to fix the problem. One team went to the campus pizza shop to buy more pizzas, the other team called the pizza shop back. Both teams came back with pizzas. So we ended up having the 8 personalized pizzas and 12 large pizzas. This was the perfect amount of pizza for the first year students in the room. Without the order being messed up, there would not have been enough pizza for everyone in the room!
Pray that these 150 students would be lifelong disciples of Jesus who follows the one who will care for their every need - even if it's 2 slices of pizza.
NOTE: 8 of the large pizzas were delivered during the prayer for the food...and Anastasia let out a sigh of relief.
Thank you for all your support in helping students discover Jesus