It’s been a crazy few days for Candace Payne. Last week, she became one of the most famous people on the Internet: Her Facebook Live video, which featured her uncontrollably laughing while wearing a Chewbacca mask, has been viewed more than 137 million times in the last five days. Since then, she’s done interviews around the world, and has officially become the creator of the most popular video on the Facebook Live platform.
This Sunday, she visited the Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Regional Fine Arts event, and said she believes there is a bigger purpose to her unexpected fame. Payne, who is also a worship leader, told the crowd,
When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory. I didn’t understand the interpretation of it. I still, to this day, at 37 years old try to figure that dream out. That dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus.
Payne, who is also a worship leader, spoke about the joy of finding the mask and posting the genuinely funny video, and how she hopes she can help others use their platform to bring people closer to God.
She told the congregation of young people to overcome their own creative restlessness by being willing to wait on God:
I know that God has gifted me in many different areas, and sometimes I wake up and feel like I’m a jack of many trades, and a master of none, because I have that creative buzz in me constantly going … [What] I would tell myself at your age is this:
It doesn’t matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you’re not fit to do the things that God has called you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and further in the Kingdom of God is three things: Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord.
Patience. Have those moments where you stop and wait upon the Lord. Don’t rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you.
And then the third thing, it’s the biggest thing. If I could get to my 16-year-old self, is have obedience. When He tells you move, move.”