Well, they weren’t actually in the house; they were in Turner Field, the Braves Stadium. Anyone who knows our family knows my husband and daughter are HUGE Braves' fans. So, at least once a year we give our TV a rest and make the trek to Atlanta for a game.
My husband is not only a Braves fan but he is a “thrifty” Braves fan, and we have perfected the art of watching Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrell through binoculars. Once we even enjoyed cheering on Chipper Jones through a telescope. No easy task for three people! However, on this momentous occasion three weeks ago, my husband scored 3 AWESOME tickets 23 rows up, right behind home plate! We knew that Turner Field had beautifully manicured grass from the 162 games we have seen on TV, but to actually almost touch it from our seats …priceless.
All of this being said, a couple of years ago we attended a game which hosted a Lynard Skynard concert following the game. Let’s just say we were so far away from the field that the “nose-bleed” section was looking pretty good! Lesson learned. For the Newsboys we wanted to be ready, hence the ringside seats.
The game was great: Braves won and we were now approaching concert time…The Newsboys! As people were filing out after the game I did pray, from my concert ready seat, “ Lord I hope they have a decent crowd.”
Now, after the game all seats are up for grabs for concerts, you move you lose. We were most definitely staying put! There were about 15 open seats right in front of us and just when I was getting comfortable, a “precious” youth group of about 50 started crowding in. It was obviously too late too retract my prayer and my husband was starting to notice the “Hey, I was here first look,” or the “teacher glare” as he calls it and intervened on the youth group’s behalf.
“Isn’t it wonderful,” he said, “All of these kids are here to worship and hear about Jesus.” After a “yes” escaped my clenched teeth, I quickly prayed for a change of heart and attitude. I even prayed for the 50 kids in the youth group squeezing into 15 seats!
About that time the Newsboys were belting out Love Like I Mean It, OK Lord, point taken: prayer most definitely answered. It was truly a blessing to watch these kids sing along with every word to the song. When I looked around during the concert to see hands raised and voices lifted to the choruses of Your Love Never Fails, and I Want to Live With Abandon, I was truly overcome with gratitude of the awesome God we serve. Then, Michael Tait began singing We Believe and the thousands of people there actually heard the gospel being preached. “We believe in God the Father; we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in the Holy Spirit…” We were truly in the presence of the Lord and His message was being delivered and received in such a powerful way. The concert was awesome and everyone was anticipating their latest and most popular hit song when the Newsboys said good night and left the stage…
We were stunned, looking around at each other as if we had missed something. We weren’t ready to stop singing, we wanted more! All around the stadium you could hear chants of, “God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead”. Then, right on cue, a clip of the movie came on; the band returned and Turner Field was rocking to “God’s not dead He’s surely alive…” Awesome! With chill bumps up and down my spine and tears of joy running down my face, I wanted to go grab 50 more kids off of the street and plop them down right in front of us. Talk about a change of attitude.
What a privilege to serve a God who is indeed alive and actively changing hearts and attitudes; always bringing us closer to Him.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation…and extol Him with music and song.” (Psalm 95:1&2)
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