Craig & Sharon Anderson have been staff here at YWAM Chico since the summer of 2009. In addition to celebrating 20 years of marriage this year, they also celebrated 20 years in YWAM last month. These are some of Sharon's reflections from her journey, and a word of encouragement to boot:
Wow, 20 years in YWAM. Can it really be that long already?! And yet, when I think back on all the adventures and all the miracles we’ve experienced, I guess it really has been a full two decades. And, yes, they have been a FULL two decades. Full of miraculous provision, full of faith tests and faith-building answers to prayer, full of fruitful ministry expressions and full of challenging times where we must trust that the Word going forth is bearing fruit not yet visible to us.
The main anthem that rings over and over in my mind is: Great is His Faithfulness! As Craig and I celebrated 20 years of marriage earlier this year and now 20 years in YWAM, a song from Matt Redman, called “Never Once,” has become our theme song. I would like to share the lyrics with you. Whenever I listen to this song, my mind continually plays a running slideshow of all the countries we been to, the blessings God has poured on us, the times He has rescued us, fought for us, loved on us, worked through us and rejoiced with us. I challenge you, as you read through the lyrics, to play your own mental slideshow. Recall the examples from your life of God’s faithfulness, goodness, help and love.
Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
Yes, You are faithful, God, You are faithful! May we all continually remind ourselves of your faithfulness in the past and may that spur us on to deeper levels of trust and greater faith for what You want to do in and through us in the present and the future!
~ Sharon Anderson