I had such a great time at Friday’s Will Graham Ohio Valley Celebration that I decided to go back on Saturday. The severe weather couldn’t keep me away. As Aaron Shust sang later in the evening, “I won’t be shaken by drought or storm.”
The opening performance was a bluegrass gospel band called Kings Highway, and they were really good! I was never a bluegrass fan until I took a Roots Music course my senior year of college, but I have a newfound appreciation for the genre.
Then Aaron Shust led us in worship, this time to the hymn “Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing” and his song, “My Hope is in You.”
Will Graham’s message this time was about change. He spoke on 1 Samuel 1, which is a story I actually just went over with my Sunday school girls not too long ago. As Will spoke, I could really relate to Hannah. Hannah was barren. The thing she wanted more than anything was to be a mother. I’m single. The thing I want more than anything is to be a wife (and eventually, a mom.)
What Hannah didn’t know is the Lord has closed her womb because he wanted her son Samuel to be born at a certain time period within Israel’s history, so He could be the last judge of Israel and crown two of its kings. Hannah cried to the Lord with great anguish and grief because of her barrenness, the Bible says. Her circumstances didn’t change immediately, but her face changed. Her face was no longer downcast. Only then did God change her circumstances.
I’ve said it before, I feel like the Lord has me in this single stage of my life for a reason. What that reason is, I can’t tell you exactly, but I know He has a purpose behind it. I know He’s changing me into the person that I need to be to be a good wife. Had I met “The One” a few years ago or even last year, it wouldn’t have worked out because I wasn’t mature in my life or my faith. I’m growing every single day.
Today I vow to be Hannah. I vow to cry to the Lord when my heart is hurting, but to find joy in my circumstances.
Anyways, back to the Will Graham celebration. Aaron Shust performed after Will spoke, and I loved it. I’m a huge Aaron Shust fan, and it was so amazing to sing along to all of his songs with him performing in person.
I was totally crushing on his guitar player, Chad. I decided after the concert I would “flirt” with him (aka me just say something, anything, to him) in an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone. And I did! I made up some lame story about how all of LifeWay #4435 wants to know how he ended up playing for Aaron Shust and he explained it to me. We chatted for a little bit about my life in Owensboro, and that was that. I didn’t ask him for his digits and I didn’t ask to take a selfie (although the thought crossed my mind!) So, it wasn’t true flirting, but it’s a step in the right direction. You see, I knew I would never have to see him again, so it was okay. I’m especially proud of myself because I’m naturally painfully shy.
Of course, I couldn’t leave without meeting Aaron himself. I introduced myself, and he said, “You’re the one taking all of the photos (He saw my Instagram posts). You work at LifeWay, right?” I was amazed! Apparently celebrities do read their Tweets and Instas, at least in the Christian world. He autographed my CD– personalized it, actually, and even spelled my name right!– and we snapped a photo.
The Will Graham celebration was so great that I went back for a third night on Sunday.
I’m just going to end this story with a slightly off-topic thought: where are all of the cute, Jesus-lovin’, guitar playing guys in Owensboro? I need to meet them. (My sister Brandi: “I have one.” Me: “How did you get one and I didn’t?!” Brandi: “Tinder.” LOL, she met her Christian boyfriend on a hookup app!)