We are home from our adventure on the big boat! Honestly, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and the timing could not have been better. I have been dreading it for months, because I felt like I would be so exposed…a boat full of people who know my husband and therefore know me. A bathing suit that shows off what is now undoubtedly the mark of impending motherhood. I didn’t want to be stared at, picked over, evaluated, discussed. I just knew it was going to be a disaster. Well, I am happy to say that I was completely wrong.
The first night that Todd sang, he explained what was going on with Audrey. I have never been present at a concert when he has made this announcement, and I was wiggling around, waiting for the eyes to seek me out. As he eloquently shared our hurt, a holy hush came and settled in the room. There was no staring. No chit-chatting. The presence of the Lord Himself redirected their eyes far from me, and I soaked in their worship on my behalf. Todd finished singing “It Is Well” as the audience sang along, loudly, deeply, from the soul. I saw, in that moment, what it is that you all have done on my behalf, and I want you to know that I was profoundly affected. Kathy Triccoli came to the stage shortly after and asked for the crowd to pray for me. She had them lift their hands to me in the balcony and then she said the sweetest, most heartfelt prayer you can imagine. It drifted around me like a lullaby, and I just rested there, motionless and stilled. If you happen to read these words, Kathy, I want you to know that the Lord used you to push our flickering flame a bit deeper into the shadows of our great Christ, and we beheld Him in wonder and praise. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your ministry this past week…we are so grateful.
I wanted to let you all know that we are home and happy…today held a few profound moments that I would love to share with you. I never cease to be amazed at the way the Lord chooses to reveal Himself. I can hardly hold my eyes open, so I will pause for now and try to post more tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine with us for a few minutes!