Have you ever had what they call a mountain-top experience? Sometimes it’s a single event, sometimes it is a long period of time, but it is something that is so encouraging, so motivating, so life-giving, that it makes you soar and propels you forward.
I had a mountain-top experience last week. A good friend of mine came out to visit and together we went to a Tenth Avenue North concert, also featuring Hawk Nelson and I Am They.
Oh my goodness.
I can’t even begin to describe how absolutely amazing it was.
Talk about life-giving!
Tenth Avenue North is by far my favorite Christian group. Their lyrics are so full of the character of God, but they delve into real life. Some of their songs are full of pain and heartache. They show how terribly hard life can be, and how we can throw ourselves on Him in the darkest of times.
They talk about grace and freedom in Christ. They praise Him for how He sets His people free and creates new life.
Music can be so powerful. And that night at that concert, the music and the musician’s heart for the Lord, so strongly encouraged me. To live like I’ve been set free. To live in freedom. To live in boldness. To live as if all the earth is holy ground. To raise my hands to the Lord because even in the midst of utter darkness, He is good and He is true.
After leaving the concert, the lyrics were running through my head for a good 48 hours. And I have definitely continued to listen to the albums since then.
How do you come down from a mountaintop experience?
I long for that kind of experience every day. It would be incredible to have that boldness and joy every second of every day.
Sometimes I think that is why God gives us those experiences. Sometimes life just absolutely sucks and concerts, or conferences, or a talk with a friend, or victories over sin, can be such a breath of fresh air.
When that “feeling” wears off, I pray that the messages will stay with me. That I will remember the truths I have heard that night. That I will remember the humility and love that I saw modeled in their words and actions.
I am so thankful that we were able to attend the concert. But I pray that it will not be just one great night, or one great week. I pray that I will live as a child of God who is redeemed and safe in His presence moment by moment.
Several months ago, I blogged about The Struggle, one of my absolute favorite songs by Tenth Avenue North. I am pretty sure that there will be some more of their music featured on my blog here soon. 😉
Have you ever had an incredible spiritual experience? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!