This concert was everything! Leave it to Lakewood to know what their community needs. I honestly needed some relief and I’m glad I got it in such a hugely intimate setting. Hurricane Harvey really did a number on Houston but by God’s grace we’re coming back stronger than ever!
First of all, let me tell you about how I almost missed the whole concert. I was so enthusiastic about attending this event but when Sunday evening finally came around, I was too exhausted from attending a prior event. I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to attend the show, but when the opportunity came and tapped me on my forehead, I made it my mission to go.
The ridiculously long lines were wrapped completely around the mega church. Just when you thought you’d catch a break by entering the parking lot entrance that was directly in front of the Wesleyan exit, you got bamboozled by the on call police who made it their goal to make sure no new cars would cut the line. One of the officers quickly rerouted the line of cars that were expectantly zooming off the freeway. Sadly, the way we thought God had made for us quickly took us around the church into an even longer line. Richmond street had come to a halt as pedestrians eased their way in and out of traffic. Thankfully, God came through and my car was the second to enter a side garage entrance that had just opened up. But just as I thought my luck was over, God came through again.
I managed to find parking after making two loops inside the garage but it was pretty far from the entrance. As usual, I find some people who look like they know where they’re going and follow them. Of course being as paranoid as I am, I made sure I received confirmation from the event workers along the way. Now the time had come, I could see the entrance to the church but to my surprise people were walking away from it. Apparently the church had reached its max and was not letting anyone else in, but I wasn’t going to let them stop me. One of my best friends had a seat saved for me and I was determined to have it. As I pressed closer to the gate that had been put up to keep more people from coming in, I asked the Holy Spirit to be with me as I frantically tried to think of a reason for them to let me in.
Just as I was about to tap one of the gate keepers, a call from one of the officials said to let everyone in. And I’m sure you can probably guess what happened. Everyone behind the gate took off running. I’m not one to run at an event but just to ensure that I wasn’t the one that got held back, I quickly added a pep to my step. I hustled to the section where my friends were only to find one of them on her way to retrieve me. But as quickly as we reached the section, we were denied entrance. We tried to go up to the third floor in hopes of finding a way back to the second floor from inside the sanctuary but we were denied entrance again.
By now the spirit that caused me to even attempt to make my way into the concert the first time had returned and I told my friend to come along because were definitely getting in. As usual I asked the Holy Spirit to be with me because sometimes my determination can get the best of me. Thankfully, the door keepers had changed and the lady that now guarded the entrance that we were supposed to go through kindly let us in with ease. Shout out to the Holy Spirit again!
You wouldn’t even believe how packed the sanctuary was. Seats that I had never seen filled before were overflowing with people. Hearts were ready to receive the Lord and the musicians were already ushering Him in. It was beautiful. People of all shapes and sizes were there. Different nations had to have been represented there because my row alone appeared to me extremely diverse. Luckily, the trance that the massive crowd had put me in broke as I heard the introduction to one of my favorite songs “I am not alone” by Kari Jobe. Suddenly, the crowd went crazy and hands were thrown in the air without a care in the world. It was stupendous.
As the music roared in my ears, the lyrics danced on my heart. Chris Tomlin’s song “Good Good Father” and Hillsong’s “What A Beautiful Name” reminded me of how blessed I was to be there. As often as I unfortunately feel neglected by God, He’s always there to remind of how precious my desires are to Him. If you’re like me and you feel like sometimes your silent desires go unnoticed, hold on to your pants because they’re about to be blown away. God has not forgotten you. He’s waiting for the right time to show you that He really does exist and sees you even though you can’t see Him.
It’s funny because just earlier that day, I was reminded of how nothing I could possibly think of compares to what God has in store for me. The Bible says eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it come to the imagination of man, all that God has for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9) So wait on it and wait on Him, dream bigger than you’ve ever dreamt before. Just like I never thought that I would get the chance to see a good amount of my favorite contemporary christian bands LIVE FOR FREE, who knows what experience you’ll be blessed with soon.
“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.”
Psalms 36:5 NLT
I hope my experience has given you a reason to not give up.
Until Next Time,