I had flown to Florida to attend RtU with my best friend, Debbie who lives near Tampa. We went to Islands of Adventure on Friday where we had our Gomer names henna-tattooed on our arms. Between that and our orange Gomer shirts, we were ready to represent our Gomer family and show Third Day our support! On Saturday, we met up with a bunch of other Gomers for dinner at the NASCAR Café in City Walk. It's always fun to meet up with people you only talk to online. Some we had met before, some we hadn't. But concerts are always more fun when you share them with a group of friends.
After a few rides, we started our evening jumping with Day of Fire, which turned into day of rain! We took shelter with a lot of other disappointed music fans, and waited for it to quit. It wasn't so bad, because we got to meet more Gomers while we waited. In the meantime, I text messaged friends and asked them to post a prayer request on the Third Day message boards for it to stop raining. It did stop, for a little while. But by the time DecembeRadio hit the big stage, it was pouring again. We didn't want to miss their show, so we braved the rain, and it was well worth it! The rain did not hinder their show one bit. They rocked that place out!
In answer to our prayers, it did stop raining completely just before Third Day took the stage. Their intro music was the theme from the 80's TV show Knight Rider. Third Day had come with the mini version of their Wherever You Are tour stage set up, and the light towers flashed red, mimicking the display on KITT's console. Once the audience was revved up, Third Day hit the stage with the rocker "I've Got a Feelin'." That got the place jumping! It was followed by Rich Mullins' "Creed" and two songs from Third Day's latest CD Wherever You Are, "Keep On Shinin'," to which Mac did a little disco dancing, and "I Can Feel It," which was one of the rockier worship songs of the night ("Consuming Fire," their signature song, being the other). Mac stopped the show to have drummer David Carr step to the front of the stage to sing Happy Birthday to his two year old son, Wyatt. Wyatt wasn't actually there to hear it, but it was the thought that counted, and the audience enjoyed taking part in celebrating his birthday, and hearing David sing to his son.
Mac told the audience that Third Day has been together for "10 to 13 years, depending on who you ask" and that people always ask them if they get tired of touring. He said that it is audiences like the one at Rock the Universe that make it all worthwhile, and that they will still be together and touring for another 10 to 13 years. The fans were extremely glad to hear that! Our eyes and hands turned upward as Third Day played "Show Me Your Glory," and their most requested song, "Thief," followed by the old time gospel song, "Blessed Assurance," done at first acoustically, with a powerful rock ending. To keep the rock going, they played old school favorite "Took My Place," followed by the popular "Come Together." For their last song, they played "I Believe" from Wire.
As soon as Third Day left the stage, the audience began chanting, "One more song! One more song!" The band came back onto the stage rather quickly. Mac took the mic and chastised the audience, "One more song? What do you mean, 'One more song?' You should be saying, 'Four more songs!'" And that is just what they delivered. They started with "Tunnel," then turned back to worship with the passion of "Consuming Fire." The heart-stirring "Cry Out to Jesus" was next. That song always touches me as I think of hardships those around me have gone through, and how they've leaned on Christ to get them through. You could hear weeping in the crowd as the reality of Jesus' care for them hit each person there. Third Day finished the night with "God of Wonders," and then handed the stage over to Dr. Jay Strack for the candle lighting ceremony. It was beautiful. The whole night was amazing, the fun, the fellowship, and the show, even with the rain. -- Corrine aka Mama Gomer
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