Okay, anyone who sits near me in church knows how much I can get into the music. I clap. I snap. I wiggle and yes, even jiggle. Sad but true! I tap my feet to the beat. I take the “joyful noise” verse in the Bible serious. I’ve cried tears of shame and joy. You get the picture.
But, something happens to me every year when this concert arrives in Little Rock.
Winter Jam! Not only do I seriously scream out a “joyful noise,” BUT everything I do in church is like turned up. Seriously, I dance my heart out. I sing my voice to oblivion. I pump my arms and fists just as if I was back in my 20’s. I head bang to the heavy metal. I hip hop my hands. I just make a fool out of myself.
And I don’t care!!
My partner in all this jamming is 19. Her mother and I can keep up with her! I know we look like two old silly women head banging with our grey hair but it feels good to go back to the day!! At intermission, my partner had purchased the new Red CD. I couldn’t wait to check out the cover and the photos. We had just witnessed their part of the concert. Fire and all! The deep bass and the drumming kept us head banging through 4 songs.
So anyway, I am looking at the cover and the members of the band are roughly my age. I snapped it shut and said, “It is nice to know someone my age can still rock!” The lady below me….. in her late 20’s, might I add…… shot me the craziest look. I could read her mind cause it was written all over her face. “Some your age shouldn’t be rockin out!”
When Toby Mac enter the stage, the crowd, as did I, went nuts! My partner’s mother and I screamed as if The Beatles were there…… Oh my, now that I think about it…… we must have…… not going there. Toby Mac, I know for a fact, is 48. Ahem….. older than me! So anyway, I went nuts right along side every teenager in the room!! I think I was cheering mainly for the fact that a 48 year old man could dance the way he dances! He gives hope to all of us 40+ peeps.
Making a fool out of myself just comes naturally when great music fills the air!
The concert ended and we headed home. All seven (5 of which were under 20) of us recapped and still danced to the CD’s we had purchased. It was awesome to relive my younger days.
I climbed into bed feeling 20! Closed my eyes and like a school girl with a crush dreamed of the night’s concert.
When I opened my eyes the next morning, the muscles in my eyelids were the only part of me that wasn’t sore, stiff, or out of sync. My feet hurt. My back tight. My knee swollen. My voice hoarse. My arms stiff. Ugh! I went to bed at 20 but woke up at 80!
Was it worth it? YES! It isn’t everyday I can praise God with Toby Mac, Matthew West, and Red!! It is a time when I can share a wonderful dancing worship fist pumps and all with my daughter and friends. Oh and my partner’s mom…… all I have to say is that…… Yea, we may be feeling our age with aches and pains at the moment…. but girl, we still got it!!