Mosher daughter, Emily, turns nineteen this week. She’s been to twenty concerts and loves to crowd surf. Emily says:
“I’d been to multiple concerts before August Burns Red, but little did I know that I’d be crowd surfing at their fall show. 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. As soon as you do, 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 airport guys 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. It felt like I was sailing on clouds.
“I was at another concert when my glasses got kicked off and landed below in the crowd of moshing music enthusiasts. The glasses were trampled by the unaware crowd. Once I found the glasses, they were deformed and horribly scratched. I couldn’t see the rest of the concert as clearly, but my excitement never died, because seeing my favorite band was enough.”
One of the toughest things in the middle of a trial is the realization that we can’t climb out of pain and discouragement on our own. Recovering from a devastating car accident, I realized that no matter how much I prayed, I wasn’t going to get better without help.
When you’re in pain:
- Ask others to pray. Be transparent. Tell about your pain, discouragement, or depression. Be real so others can pray real.
- Posture yourself as a crowd surfer—lifted up in prayer from one person to another. Expect a surge of strength in the energy that carries you.
- Understand there will be times when you can’t see clearly. That’s okay. 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. The music is still playing! Surf on.
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?