Hey everyone! We're in Frederick, Maryland tonight, and had a super rad time a the show tonight. However, I think I'm going to veer away from typical "tour talk" tonight and share a few things that God has been doing not only in the lives of us in TgT, but in the lives of people we've been meeting along out travels.
First and foremost, I'm so thankful to have a Savior who loves a loser like me enough that He lets me get into a smelly van with three of my best friends, allows us to go all over to play some rock music, and most importantly, we get to make all sorts of new friends. More recently, I've been blessed to have made some new friends through them having courage enough to approach me, someone they've never met before, and to share the burdens of their hearts. Through these times of sharing, and letting them know that I've been through so much in my own life, God allowed me to pray with these folks, and He moved in an awesome way! At Ignite Festival in Meadville, PA, I prayed with more people in that one day than any one show we've done that I can recall. His spirit was moving everywhere! It really blew me away. I thank God for those people that I talked to, and I know God has something amazing in store for them, as He does all of us I believe! As long as we stay faithful to following after Him, and learn the patience to allow Him to take control (a recurring theme within our camp as of late), then we'll be more effective in showing that same love and patience to those who need to know it and see it. On the note of following faithfully, I want to share with you one of my favorite passages of scripture from one of my favorites, the book of Psalms. I look to chapter 63: 1-8, where David prolcaims the following:
1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
One of the most frequently referenced passages, especially in contemporary worship music, there is, for my seeking heart, no better way to put how much we should be needing God everyday, and it puts it as plain as day why we NEED Him in our lives! SONICFLOOd's album Resonate contains a song aptly entitled "Fuel" that captures these verses and their meanings perfectly. To worship with David through this passage, I reccommend finding that song, and jamming it loudly! :-)
All this to say this: now more than ever, we need the fuel of God's love in our hearts. That fuel needs to feed the fire, so that we may burn bright, and as our band's name suggests, be so obviously full of love that people can see Christ just by looking at us. I praise God for that fuel, as it keeps us as a band going through al the crazy things and uncertainties that face touring bands. Take it from me, we're living proof that God's love and protection is real. Be patient, and let Him take control.
Might I say also that not only does God provide us with His fuel, but has always provided us with unleaded fuel so that we can keep coming to your towns, so praise God for never being stuck without gas! We'll see you along the next stop. :-)
Miah & TgT