Go crowd surfing!

Written by on January 17, 2017

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.”

Thanks, Emmy!

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?

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    • Anna Chacon Funke   On   January 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Lynn, you have always prayer surfed me which makes me feel weightless and free from burdens. I declare your body to be 100 percent healed in the name of Jesus. May our prayers strengthen and fill you with peace and joy.

  1. Kristine   On   January 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Oh, yah!! I LOVE the analogy of crowd surfing, too, as we carry our friends in prayer. I hope you don’t mind if I use the link to this post to encourage others. And know, too, Lynn, that you’re carried on our prayers, as well. “God, Your will be done with Lynn’s life! You know she loves You so and has a call to encourage and motivate others to go deep in Your love and grace. And so we ask that you’ll take her by the hand and if necessary raise her in the hands of your angels (be they friends or your heavenly angels here on earth to help us) and help her get from where she is to where YOU have for her in this season. And let Your peace and joy overshadow everything, because that’s what you do when we trust You. Amen!!”

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Kristine, yes, please share this with others. Thank you for the reminder that angels, too, are carrying us. I’m taking intentional steps to immerse myself and my family in joy and peace. I’m very grateful for your prayers! You’re awesome.

  2. Ben Nelson   On   January 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I love the image of our prayer carrying others, only instead of heading away from the stage, we are carried directly to the throne of the Lord.

    What a great picture – thanks Lynn

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Ben, yes, I love that prayer carries us toward the throne of the Lord. And from that space, we pray from heaven – to the earth, so that God’s power is released “on earth as it is in heaven.”

  3. Susan   On   January 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Eph 6:18. The music of offering prayers to our Lord is powerful. Lynn, you and your healing are being held up in prayer.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 18, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Susan, I love that verse! And thanks for the reminder that praying for the saints is part of our Armor of God inheritance. I’m so grateful for your prayers.

  4. Kathleen Hay   On   January 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Wonderful analogy, Lynn. May God lift you up and give you peace, healing. and his never-ending and unconditional love. Prayers are headed your way.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Kathy. I love the lifting up part! Thanks for your part in that!!! Believe me, there have been a lot of tears with the pain of the recovery for these clots. (Some of them came with sleepless nights.) Where would I be without unconditional love? Wait. Don’t answer that.

  5. Lisa Jennings   On   January 19, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Lynn, Once again your writing brings me closer to God’s beautiful truths. Your insights, creative images draw me to His throne for new mercies. Praying for a speedy recovery ! Love you

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you, Lisa. I so appreciate your prayers. I’m hungry for those new mercies! Serve them up with blueberries and syrup for breakfast. They’re new every morning, apparently!

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