On Friday night August 16th we held a concert at Navarre United Methodist Church. We had special guests Nicki Montgomery from Orlando, Sandy Wyatt from Jay, and Chloe Channell from Pace who was on America’s Got Talent and American Idol. For some reason this was one of the hottest days of the summer. We could not seem to get the sanctuary cool enough and the back stage area was blistering hot. We all gathered around to pray 10 minutes before the concert and we were all drenched in sweat because the air was not working in the back part of the church. We are all having a laugh about it now but at the time the women and men were melting!
We had a few goals for the concert. The main goal was to glorify God, be professional in how we played and sang, and to give everyone who attended that night a glimpse of our church where everyone would say "I am glad I came”.
Although it was “warm” for us on the platform, one person actually had more heat than anyone. John Davis our drummer for the concert was in the drummers “cage” as we call it. John went through two bottles of water in the first 20 minutes. The temperature in the cage was about 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the stage. Not to mention he was whaling away on the drums and sweating. I did not know the following information until the following day. There was a point in the concert where I did some speaking and sang one song by myself. I did not know that John was face down on the snare drum pouring water down the back of his shirt. He had almost blacked out. John is a tough guy and is in the military and has gone through all the training. So when he was telling me about this I felt so bad for him. He was close to blacking out and was kind of blurry eyed and remembered he had brought a cookie in from dinner. While I was singing, he ate the cookie, drank all of the water, and came back to life and finished out the concert.
The week leading up to the concert was a great week for the team who served. We laughed, we prayed, and we served. Not only did we get to know each other a bit better than before, but also we knew after a Wednesday night and Thursday rehearsal we had each other’s back. We were not doing this concert to glorify ourselves but to glorify God and do the best we can for our Church.
The concert week came to an end, we were exhausted but rejuvenated at the same time, knowing we did everything in our power to do the best we could for the kingdom. All saved by a “Cookie”. We did it together, not any one person but all of us together.
1 Corinthians 12:12
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:18
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
Regardless of where we are or whom we are with, there is a satisfaction knowing as a team we accomplished this project together. God has placed all of us in the place where he wants us to be. Do not spend your time wishing you were somewhere else when God has placed you in the very place where you can further his kingdom. He supplies you with all you need, and sometimes it’s just a cookie!
To watch the entire concert, click here.