I attended the Worship Roadshow tour last night at the ORU Mabee Center. This was my first time to attend a show from the tour, and it was such an encouraging night, and powerful time of worship in God's presence. Lives were touched and impacted in countless ways.
Over the last 10 months, I've been having a few health problems that have affected my voice. At times, it has really been discouraging and hard, because I know that God has called me into the music ministry to praise Him, and to use my voice for those who can't speak. This trial has truly been a test of my faith in God, and where I pull my strength from.
I broke down in tears when Natalie Grant was praising and ministering last night, because she too has had recent health issues that should have affected her career. You see, she had to have surgery to remove part of her thyroid due to possible cancer and was told by doctors that her vocal chords were tangled in her thyroid. They also told her that she may never sing the same again, and that her range would most likely be affected. Ultimately, her recovery was supposed to take 7-8 months, but she made a full recovery in 7 weeks, and has come back stronger than ever! God is so good and faithful!
Another thing that I was really touched by was when for King & Country was singing, Joel & Luke came out into the crowd, and interacted with fans. I was sitting on the top floor in the very back row, and Joel came right by me. Not only that, but he shook my hand, and embraced me. It was one of the most powerful moments I've ever experienced in my life thus far. Looking back, I feel like God was using him as a tangible sign to tell me that everything is going to be all right and work out in ways that I never thought were possible!
What an amazing honor and opportunity it was to attend the Worship Roadshow this year. It was definitely more than just a concert, but a true encounter with God; a night I will never forget. Christian music has always been a huge part of who I am, and it continues to influence my life greatly. God has used the Christian music industry as one of the main ways He speaks to me. If God can use me in my broken state as a voice of Hope, I want others to know that He can do the same for them; that is the driving force behind what inspires me to refine my craft as a worship leader and vocalist, and to become the best that I can be.