Keeping 'em Coming

Enjoy the second installment of my weekly personal project.

My friends Caleb and Kody put together a little weekend getaway with me and our buddy Kyle to reflect on the past year and to look ahead into 2018. It was absolutely incredible. We spent time alone journaling and praying, shared significant moments and goals, encouraged and challenged one another, cooked each other meals, shared in tasty drinks, sat around campfires and froze our balls off. It was so good and I hope to do it again next year! 

Weekly Content?

Hidden started as a creative outlet for me when I was 14 years old. It's taken quite a few different forms over the years, a clothing company, documenting road trips and video parts with some of my closest friends. It's been stagnant for some time but I'm dusting the name off and going to be creating some weekly content for as long as I can sustain it. 

I've been wanting to do this for a long time but couldn't figure out how exactly to define it, or what type of content I'd be focused on... or, or, or... So with 2018, I'm just going to start. I'm going to begin documenting things that interest me and mean something to me. That may include mini documentary pieces, road trips, BMX, fly fishing, Airstream renovations, motorcycle rebuild projects, happenings around Casa De Padres (my house), music, and really traveling of all sorts.

To kick off this little endeavor and plunge into the new year, here is a little video of myself and a few friends having a good time. 

If you've got suggestions or love or hate this idea, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Here's to a year full of documenting stuff I'm stoked on!  

Side Affect - Live at The Camphouse

One of my housemates, Chris Johnson, is a super talented songwriter and musician. His shows are energetic and fun and I've wanted to capture a bit of one of them for a while now. At the end of January, his band SIDE AFFECT had a show at The Camphouse, a coffee shop and venue here in town. I took a really simple camera setup and one mic to the show and this is what it turned into. Enjoy! 

And be sure and check out Side Affect here and on Instagram

Sunrise on Signal with As Isaac

Over the past year, I've had the privilege of getting to know a few extraordinary people that happen to make up a band called As Isaac. If I showered them with complements in this little intro, it would not do them justice. They are humble, servant-hearted, and mind-blowingly talented. 

I've been itching to do a project with them for a while, and this past Saturday, we made it happen. We drove up to Signal Point before sunrise and recorded an original song of theirs called "Somehow," live. 

Below are some words from Zach about the process of writing this song.  If you're a Believer, be encouraged. If you're not, or have doubts about God's goodness, this is a sweet story of a man's communion with God. 

Zach Smith:
 “Somehow” began three years ago in the stairwell of a mission house in the Dominican Republic. Over the years, the whitewashed adobe walls and tile floors of that stairwell have been the scene for many late afternoons and evenings of singing and playing. This particular afternoon, I felt the Lord drawing me to simply sit and wait on Him. As I did, the refrain of the chorus settled in as if it had already been written. Although the verses began to take shape over the proceeding year and a half, it remained very much in the background. It didn’t mean nearly as much to me then as it would years later…

I recently heard a friend say that wanting is at the core of worship. Think about what you want the most: this is what you’re worshipping. If you back that up even further, think about what you’re waiting for with the most fervor: this is what you want the most. Waiting on Jesus is a pure expression of worship—you’re saying that He is worth waiting for. You’re saying that He is most desirable to you. More and more, I am beginning to see the depth of the parallels between the life of a farmer and the life of faith. It is no accident Jesus makes so many farming/gardening references in His word. Think about it: you’re a farmer who has just made a massive investment to sow and seed your fields. You spent months plowing and preparing the fields. You spent precious resources to purchase the seed. You lay them in the ground, and then all you can do is water and wait. Water… wait. Pray for rain… wait. Wait for the miracle of resurrection that is entirely dependent on the Divine to be accomplished in the hidden, unseen places. “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:10) It is only our experience of the death of Christ that enables us to walk in His resurrection life. Interestingly, the more wholesome variety of wheat is winter wheat. It is planted in the fall and harvested in the spring. The farmer has to wait through the cold winter and hope that a miracle is happening underground.

Waiting is at the core of wanting. Wanting is at the core of worship. To be gut-level honest, 2016 felt like one long, excruciating death. When the Lord first gave me those words, I had no idea how much they would mean to me these years later. He is so gracious in His vast kindness and wisdom to prepare us for what is ahead without us even knowing it. Last spring, we had the joy of being able to head up the east coast all the way to New Brunswick. We were serving at a Bible conference up there when this song surfaced again and we started to incorporate it into our sets. Well, there’s nothing quite like having an intensely personal moment in front of a few hundred strangers! However, I hope it resonated in many more. If we truly belong to Jesus, He will lovingly lead us to follow Him on that Calvary road. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24) What are you waiting for? What do you want the most? When it is Jesus, you will always walk away with your arms overflowing in the harvest."