When is the last time you crowd surfed? You know, leapt into a mosh pit of concert fans and were swept across waves of undulating hands?
My daughter Emily has been to twenty concerts and loves to crowd surf. Emily says:
“I went to an August Burns Red concert. I was standing near the front of the stage, enjoying the music, when two strong guys in front of me asked me if I wanted to go crowd surfing.
“They said, ‘We’ll hoist you up to the stage. Let the people in front of you know you’re going to jump. Try to be as flat as a board. Don’t kick people in the face or flail your arms and legs. Then people will pass you along.’
“I nodded in understanding. While the band continued playing, one of the guys gave me a boost up to the stage. Like an airport guy on a runway waving a plane on with wands, I signaled to the people directly in front of me that they should prepare for me to jump.
“I saluted the bassist in the band and sailed into the air. I was passed along by a sea of arms. I felt each hand beneath me, passing me along to the next hand, to the next, to the next. I was sailing on clouds.
“I was at another concert when my glasses got kicked off and were trampled by the moshing music enthusiasts. They were deformed and horribly scratched. I couldn’t see the rest of the concert clearly, but my excitement never died, because seeing my favorite band was enough.”
Sometimes, as I recover from nasty lung and leg clots, I simply can’t see ahead. I tire easily. It’s hard to hear God’s voice.
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:18-20). Then Christ healed the man.
When we’re in pain:
~ We can ask others to pray. We can open up and tell about pain, discouragement, or depression. I’ve experienced all three in the last month. When we’re real, others can pray real.
~ We can posture ourselves as crowd surfers—passed along in prayer from one person to another. Here their waves of strength carry us.
~ When Jesus sees our friends’ faith activated, His first response is, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” How marvelous that He gives us permission to forgive—and that includes releasing ourselves! And with our understanding of forgiveness comes newfound healing.
~ There may be times when we can’t see clearly. On the days when our glasses get crushed beneath the feet of the crowd, we’re learning to live by faith and not by sight. The very stuff spiritual leaders are made from. Like Emily, let’s not lose our excitement for the source of the sound.
The music is still playing! Surf on.
Imagine the possibilities!
What does it feel like when others lift you up in prayer? Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it?