So much has happened in the past week and a half.
But one of the biggest moments of my life so far was a sentence I still can’t believe I can say.
I sang at Carnegie Hall with one of my childhood heroes, Steven Curtis Chapman! I sang in his choir of 280 and watched as my childhood hero was given an amazing gift by God while, at the same time, I was given several amazing gifts by God.
There are no words to really describe how amazing and wonderful this event was. God showed up and He definitely worked in the lives of every single person in attendance. I’ve heard so much from so many people who were there and, again, it’s beyond words.
I can’t tell you how the concert sounded because, well, I was right behind the drummer and French horn and couldn’t hear much but the audience has said it was absolutely amazing.
Here’s the thing: I actually don’t care how we sounded.
Yes. You read that right. I don’t care that much how we all sounded singing at Carnegie Hall. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we sounded great, but what God did in Stern Auditorium was even more awesome.
Randomly, SCC broke into “Bless The Lord” (off script) and there were 2500 voices singing worship to God. It was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard. In that moment I didn’t care about my childhood hero standing 20′ from me or the fact that I was on stage or the fact that we were in Carnegie Hall in front of a sold out stern auditorium. In that moment I closed my eyes and worshipped and thanked my God for the blessing of being there and for showing me that He is good.
A lot has gone “wrong” in my life lately and having this experience of the entire weekend and the performance and the special moments — it’s like my heart just knew God was saying “I AM GOOD! SEE it. Believe it. And, kid, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! I’ve got so much more in store for you.”
I’m not saying I’ll ever be famous nor will I ever be some beyond amazing musician or anything like that. But I am saying that God gave me an opportunity that was impossible without Him. That opportunity was an experience of a lifetime and that made me realize some things that, looking back, I can see God has been trying to show me for awhile.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.