Go crowd surfing!

Written by on March 21, 2013

Crowd surfing

Crowd surfing (photo by James Arnold)

Mosher daughter, Emily, turns nineteen this week. She’s been to twenty concerts and loves to crowd surf. Emily says:

“I’d been to multiple concerts before August Burns Red, but little did I know that I’d be crowd surfing at their fall show. I was standing near the front of the stage, enjoying the music, when two strong guys in front of me asked me if I wanted to go crowd surfing.

“They said, ‘We’ll hoist you up to the stage. Let the people in front of you know you’re going to jump. As soon as you do, try to be as flat as a board. Don’t kick people in the face or flail your arms and legs. Then people will pass you along.’

“I nodded in understanding. While the band continued playing, one of the guys gave me a boost up to the stage. Like airport guys on a runway waving a plane on with wands, I signaled to the people directly in front of me that they should prepare for me to jump.

“I saluted the bassist in the band and sailed into the air. I was passed along by a sea of arms. I felt each hand beneath me, passing me along to the next hand, to the next, to the next. It felt like I was sailing on clouds.

“I was at another concert when my glasses got kicked off and landed below in the crowd of moshing music enthusiasts. The glasses were trampled by the unaware crowd. Once I found the glasses, they were deformed and horribly scratched. I couldn’t see the rest of the concert as clearly, but my excitement never died, because seeing my favorite band was enough.”

One of the toughest things in the middle of a trial is the realization that we can’t climb out of pain and discouragement on our own. Recovering from a devastating car accident, I realized that no matter how much I prayed, I wasn’t going to get better without help.

When you’re in pain:

  • Ask others to pray. Be transparent. Tell about your pain, discouragement, or depression. Be real so others can pray real.
  • Posture yourself as a crowd surfer—lifted up in prayer from one person to another. Expect a surge of strength in the energy that carries you.
  • Understand there will be times when you can’t see clearly. That’s okay. On the days when our glasses get crushed beneath the feet of the crowd, we’re learning to live by faith and not by sight. The very stuff spiritual leaders are made from. Like Emily, let’s not lose our excitement. The music is still playing! Surf on.

What does it feel like when others lift you up in prayer? Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it?

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Comments
  1. Bonnie   On   March 22, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Thanks Lynn for this reminder! The Lord wants us to keep praying.

    When we do, we fix our eyes on the Almighty God, strengthing our faith. We know the the Lord is a Loving, Merciful, God that wants only the very best for all of us!

    I think the most beautiful prayer, is the one Jesus prays for all believers. He wants us to see his glory and be with Him.
    John 17 20-25

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Bonnie, it’s awesome to think Jesus is in that crowd uplifting us in prayer, too. I pray we keep our eyes fixed on Him. Glad His love flows through us. I picture the band is playing worship, bringing us into His presence. It doesn’t get better than that.

  2. Susan Ward   On   March 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    What comes to mind is, “He’s not weary…
    He gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might, He increases their strength. Even the youth shall faint and the young men shall utterly fall but they that wait upon the Lord. He shall renew their strength. And they will mount up with wings like the eagles.”

  3. Sherri Langton   On   March 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wonderful insights, Lynn. Never connected crowd surfing with prayer, but it works! That’s how I’ve felt as people pray for me during chemo treatments. Sometimes the only comfort I have is that others are praying for me in ways I can’t pray for myself. Good work!

    • Lynn Hare   On   April 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Sherri, it’s a privilege to be counted among your prayer team. Do you like to go crowd surfing at midnight? That’s when I’m most likely to be praying for you.

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