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God Surprised Me at a Concert

by Stefan Brooks

A mosh pit seemed like a very unlikely place to experience God, but thatís where it happened.

 I’ve always loved going to concerts, whether it be to hear Relient K, Switchfoot, The Academy Is, or Hillsong United. There’s something about feeling the bass drum beat over your own heartbeat that gets me. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in community with people—anywhere in number from one to 5,000—for one cause. Ever since I went to my first concert, I’ve been addicted to them.

About four years ago my sister found this band named Paramore. (All the members of Paramore are Christian, but they’re not a Christian band.) They were the first rock band that had a female front person that I actually liked. A couple of years passed, and Paramore released a record called Riot. In my opinion, it was the best record released in 2007.
Well, Paramore toured for a while, and I missed the opportunity to see them on their Warped tour. Then I found out they were coming to Chicago. I had to go! I bought tickets for myself, my sister, and three of our friends.
Fast forward to the day of the concert
We got to the concert and found out that Paramore was going to tape it and put out a live DVD/CD combo. A couple of bands played before Paramore, but finally they came out. I got shoved to the very front of the mosh pit—not a great place to be during a concert.
Paramore played hit song after hit song. They exited the stage, and just Hayley Williams, the band’s lead singer, and Josh Farro, the lead guitar player, came back on stage. They acoustically sang “My Heart.” I experienced God as Hayley sang again and again the lyrics, “This heart, it beats / Beats for only you.”
At that moment I got it: my heart should beat only for God, but sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t.
So with 2,000 or so people, I took a deep breath and sang those lyrics, “This heart, it beats / Beats for only you,” as a praise to my Lord and Savior, the author and perfector of my faith (Hebrews 12:2).
The fact is, when Jesus is the Lord of your life, when you completely give every single aspect of your life to Him, you start to see Him in every moment of it. So let your heart beat only for Him, and sing it out and sing it loud, because He is the Lord of your life!
Stefan Brooks, 17, loves to go to concerts. He writes from Illinois.

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