Our most recent adventure was to Carowinds which is right on the NC/SC border. It included a full day at Carowinds followed by the concert. (I'll do the Carowinds post separately). It was a Spirit-filled evening. The evening was opened by Kristian Stanfill. That was such a surprise because I didn't know anybody was opening for Chris. I know lots of Kristian's songs from the Passion CD's so it was so great hearing him live and sing along. Then Chris came out....and he did not disappoint. The most wonderful part of the evening was when Chris was singing Amazing Grace. There is a line in the chorus that sings, "...and like a flood Your mercy rains...". Right as Chris began to sing those words, the sky opened up and rain flooded down. It was beautiful. It's like God was putting on a show for us....showering us--literally--with his mercy. It never stopped raining until after the concert. There really are not words to describe the evening. I love when God meets me right where I am. He fills me up to overflowing with his presence and comforts me like no other. This is why I love seeing Chris Tomlin in concert. Every time I have seen him God arrives! EVERY TIME!
But one thing I have been convicted of is remembering to not take my focus off of where it needs to be. I tend to get star struck....I really would like to meet Chris one day. I found myself looking past the security last night. Glancing over at the tour bus behind the fence. Wondering if I could talk to a security guard to see if I could get backstage. I found myself focusing more on that and less on God. I was there and I was worshiping....but distracted at the same time. Chris Tomlin is not God--I was not there to "worship" him. Yes he sings amazing songs....but he (and other people) write those songs to connect people to God--not them.
So--the tickets have already been purchased for the next concert. He is coming back to the State Fair this year and Tim and I are 9 rows back center stage. You will find me there worshiping, eyes closed and hands raised. Worshiping the God who created the beautiful music and the people who wrote it.
I can't wait.....and maybe....just maybe.....I will meet Chris Tomlin one day. I will get to tell him in person what a wonderful gift God has given him--creating music to connect people with The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Music that awakens souls....