Sometimes God pulls back the curtain long enough for us to peek at what’s on the other side.
I caught a glimpse on Friday night.
It was when I took Jordan to her first rock concert, Winter Jam 2010. It was also my first experience attending one of these Christian rock events. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I learned quickly that Jordan was “made” for rock concerts. Watching her swing, sway, sing and swoon for close to 4 hours I was given a glimpse of pure joy. She was completely uninhibited and free. I couldn’t help but giggle at her wild abandon. She was in the spirit and praising God at the top of her voice. She was the definition of joy as God intended.
I know when things get tough, I can hold that picture of Jordan in my mind. You cannot help but smile at the image. It’s a good thing, especially since the day/night we attended this concert Chris was flying across the ocean to a war zone. I know that seems crazy. I guess we should have been huddled at home, but we made a radical decision to reject the sadness. It’s a choice we will continually have to make this year, but I feel it is the right one. I will not cheat our family from the creativity and goodness that God offers, even when it comes in the form of a “very loud” concert. On Friday night, the moment and mood was right for us to let go and open ourselves to something better, joy.
One final note to self: Jordan will only be allowed to attend Christian rock concerts in the future. Her “wild abandon” might inspire her to throw something on the stage … in that crowd, a prayer card is the appropriate item.