10.7.17 – the weekly walk. speechless.
It’s rare that I drive home in silence after a show. I’m usually listening to an audio book, podcast or some bob seger or some other great driving music.
This past Wednesday, after our show in Montclair, NJ I was left speechless and needed the silence to help me process all that happened.
Quite a few things happened on Wednesday that I will never forget. To give you a little background. We have just come off a very, very busy September with a ton of gigs, lots of work and just general overall non-stopness that gets overwhelming at times. I walked into the gig that night not expecting much, was thinking that this might be the last Wednesday Night Worship we do because attendance was going down, we were getting busy, wasn’t really feeling it etc.
I unloaded the car, sound checked and waited. 6 people show up just before 7:30pm. I feel as though my feelings were right. This was probably the last one. Then a few more trickle in and by the time we’re 15 minutes into the night we’ve got 25 people there. OK. I’ll take it. Not overwhelming but it’ll work. We get about 4 songs in and a feeling starts to hit me. Something is really happening in this room. There are moments in the night where I can feel the hair standing up on my arms, where I’m being led to sing certain words and phrases and not just “end” songs. There’s a presence that I feel and I can tell that the crowd is feeling it as well.
We get through the 4th song and there’s a guy in the front row who turns around and walks to a guy about half way back in the crowd, says something to him and gives him a hug. Both of them then come to the front row together and worship. Loud. Jumping. Hands raised. Hearts lifted. At this point, I don’t know what’s going on, I’ll find out after the show.
We get to the prayer time towards the end of the night and Jeff prays with one of the guys in the front row. A woman comes up to me and asks for prayer. Her son has been dealing with addiction, with suicidal thoughts, the family needs prayer. Lots going on. So we pray together. Praying that love would invade her home. That the love of Jesus would break through all that’s going on and that hearts in her home would be drawn to him and drawn to each other. Prayers for peace. Understanding. Love.
We finish the night. It feels good. Something happened here tonight. Just can’t put my finger on it.
I’m talking with a few folks in the back by my table. Someone comes over and sponsors a child. Amazing. Someone comes over and buys some merchandise. They make a donation. This is turning out to be a really good night.
Then the guy in the front row comes over and introduces himself to me. He says that during the 4th song God told him to go and talk to the guy halfway back in the crowd and give him a hug. The guy half way back in the crowd told him that he had just been praying to God and saying, “God, if you’re real, have that guy in the front row come back here and talk to me.” Within a minute, the guy in the front row turns around and goes back and talks to him. Go read that paragraph again because you need to understand what happened here. God spoke to the guy in the front row after the guy half way back in the crowd asked God to make that specific guy talk to him. These guys didn’t know each other. Never met. Didn’t pre-plan this. God moved in both of their hearts & made this happen.
Further backstory, the guy halfway back in the crowd had been having suicidal thoughts and has been trying to find a reason to keep it all going. I speak to him after and tell him to remember this night. He says there’s no way he could ever forget it. He said this has changed things.
This is what happens on our gigs. This is how God moves among his people. This is why we do what we do. All we’re trying to do is create a space for God to move and that’s exactly what we did on Wednesday night.
So, needless to say, we are not stopping Wednesday Night Worship in Montclair. We are going to continue this as long as we can. A life was literally saved on Wednesday night. Praise God!
Thanks for reading. Thanks for being a part of this ministry. If you want to join us, join us at http://www.joindavesband.com so that we can do this more. So that we can see more lives change and get more people worshiping.
The takeaway? Never underestimate what God can do in the midst of our own doubt. In the midst of our own selfishness, God moves. In the midst of our own exhaustion, God moves. In ways that I could never imagine, God moves. God uses us when we least expect it. So expect to be used. Be open to being used and be drawn closer to Him through it all.
I still get chills when I think of this night. Hopefully that feeling never leaves. I want to see God move more. I want to see Him change more lives. We need that.