If you've not heard of For King and Country, go look them up. Part of the reason I'm writing this blog post is to share them with you - I love using this little blog's platform to share good, quality, positive books, music, and blogs with you amazing readers, my goal being encouragement. This band's music is incredible, encouraging and their message is rare and amazing! They are two brothers who I've been fans of and so encouraged by for about 15 years. They recently began singing together as a group, but years ago they sang back-up for their older sister, one of my role models and inspirations, Rebecca St. James! Rebecca's boldness in sharing about sexual purity and standing strong as a young person who lives counter this culture, her books, music, and message greatly impacted my life as a young teenager, and she is one of the reasons I have the convictions about purity that I have today. In fact, the first time I saw the brothers of For King & Country perform was in 2001, as they sang back-up vocals for their sister's tour! So of course, when the guys began singing and writing together a few years ago, I began supporting them wholeheartedly.
They have spoken out boldly - encouraging young men to stand up and be men of integrity, and encouraging young women to not treat their bodies and purity as if it was worth just "a penny" but to realize they are princesses under God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Seriously, friends. Their message is so rare and precious to hear from young people, and specifically young guys, I so encourage you to listen to their music - it will inspire you in your walk with God and toward His plan for you.
After a quick lunch at one of my family's favorite restaurants in Burbank, we spent half the afternoon at NBC studio doing what all the rich and famous do at the studios, hang out with Jay, ya know. (NOT. Really, we just waited in line in the freezing cold foreeeeverrrr.)
Yet, soon, as the show came to an end - the unexpected happened. Leno announced the band, and suddenly the wall right in front of our seats was lifted up - and the band appeared!!!
You guys, we literally had the perfect seats. It was so amazing and such a sweet surprise! We were so close and could not have chosen better seats if we had picked them out ourselves.
And, friends - it got me thinking.
As the guys sang and the music played, I realized something: this is just like what God does in our lives. Truly, it was such a perfect and real example of the power of Jesus on our lives when we let Him in. Just as we sat disappointed and a little "let down" throughout the show, looking at only what we could see - what "made sense" to us: a wall in front of us. We didn't think or even realize that the wall right in front of our seats was anything but a wall! We didn't see the whole picture - we did not realize it was about to be unexpectedly LIFTED and disappear! We did not realize that the seats we were placed in were not what they appeared. To us, it seemed like they were the worst seats we could have been placed in. But really, they were the best!
Being seated in not-ideal seats at a show is definitely not the end of the world. But I love the little picture it was to me of God's grace in our lives - a little example that illustrates something so much bigger. How things may not be how they appear in our lives. How when disappointments come, perhaps God is doing something bigger behind the scenes - something we are totally unaware of as we wait in the dark season.
Maybe... a set back is really a "set up" for something even more amazing than you could have planned! And maybe, the way we perceive things in our lives - our circumstances, the way things go unplanned, is not the end of the story. God has a bigger plan than we can imagine, and just as I was unaware that the band I expected to not see was setting up right behind the wall in front of me, the Lord may be orchestrating things in your life behind a "wall" and He is about to lift that wall and reveal what you cannot imagine!
Reminds me of the scripture that says,
So, friend - if you feel like I did the other day in the worst seats at the Tonight Show, don't despair. Do not lose hope. Keep trusting, even in the dark. Keep hoping, even when it seems hopeless. Keep believing, even when you see no "reason" to continue believing. Because - you never know what is right around the bend. You never know what God is doing behind the scenes of your life. Breakthrough may be on it's way!