Tenth Avenue North
_ The sky above us has been threatening since early afternoon. The clouds move quickly and since there is still a few minutes of sunlight left in the New England summer day, we are dipped in shadow and then bathed in brilliant light as if the things above were reflecting what has been happening to me personally on this tumultuous day. I'm almost on auto pilot now, in the zone so to say. The music has lifted a spirit almost crushed by technological challenges backstage and the whole mountain has taken on a different tone as the darker sky allows the lights of the stage to finally reveal their effect on the musicians here.
_ I'm searching for angles, playing with the light that dances on stage and hoping to put what I've learned in just the past few hours to good use. Tenth Avenue North has taken the stage and their show does not disappoint. I'm finding that the little paparazzi in me has started to back off a bit and it makes me happy. Joe has made it through the day practially incognito. He's had a lot of practice not drawing attention to himself. I've failed that all day long, so excited to be here and wanting to come back with an enormous cache of digital memories.
_ And I'm reminded that all of these celebrity figures on stage are talented young people with a greater purpose than their ego. They are worshipping. They are sharing a message of hope and life. A message of a creator who wants to pour out His love on them.
_ Mike Donehey is up there right now being a voice for all the people here on this mountain. There are many words and all of them are prayers, lifted up to the Creator asking Him to lead us closer to Him. They are love songs from God to His people and from His people to their God. At some point in the performance, Mike comes down into the crowd. I cannot help but see the significance of this on a completely different plane.
_ "No man is an island," hits particularly close to home today. I've spent a good part of the day trying to fix things myself instead of trusting that God's plans are far better than I can imagine. We are about to get challenged on that very thought just as the concert is about to take on a whole new level.
_ What has been for most a relaxing summer day in the western mountains of Maine, watching and participating in this grand worship event is starting to resemble the kind of concert most people envision. Spotlights, fog machines, excitement, the hint of an on-stage light show. It's all there, but it won't last long. Rain is coming. We are told by Sunday River that it's not just rain. On the other side of the mountain and moving quickly towards us is a line of thunderstorms that will bring Tenth Avenue's set to a slightly early end and it is not a momentary interruption. This might threaten to shut down our event just before the final act of the evening is to take the stage.
_ It's been a long journey for some of us. A windy day with scattered rains offset with blistering sun. As I make my way backstage to our command center, those who are sheltering in the food court and hallways are full of questions. "Is it cancelled?" "Will they let me go get my stuff?" Mostly there is talk of heading home and getting a good night's rest before travelling back to the mountain on Saturday to begin day two.
_ There is already a push for the exits. Very few of us, myself included, are thinking of a similar storm on a lake. There's a rush for the lifeboats. We haven't even considered walking on water.
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