“You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Exodus 20:2-3)
My wife and son had gone out to the airport to welcome Phillip Phillips from the private jet, something spontaneous, she said. A snapshot was taken as he walked away from the plane. Phillip Phillips made in Leesburg and the Gulfstream jet made in Savannah. It was a pretty good picture of Georgia craftsmanship.
My son watched him through the plate glass window as Phillip took his nourishment. It struck him that with all of the pomp and circumstance that Phillip would do something so mundane as eat a Little Caesar’s pizza. That faded tee shirt was apropos for the Lee County ambiance. But then that million dollar smile…
And now there was to be this parade on Saturday. My family had scheduled several weeks in advance to sing in Cordele for the Abundant Faith Worship Center. We would have come out to the parade to support our latest Lee County phenom and consequently our Lee County. We were disappointed that we couldn’t do both. Then I began to embrace the opportunity as a very special meeting God had for us. I would rather sing for God in a room worshiping Him than to sing to 20,000 people hoping they would like me.
The comment was made that we had come from Leesburg where the big event was. I stated trying to make a little humor, “We’d rather be here with Jesus high than Jato!” We had a really special time in the presence of the Lord. You could sense His presence with us. If we could just realize that singing before the one God is much more important than singing before all the people in the world at one time would be even if it were possible.
We finished the concert and headed back to Leesburg. We knew the concert would probably be over but decided to head toward the event anyway. My daughter texted a friend to ask how the concert was going. “It hasn’t started yet.” That was at least two hours late! We parked over a mile away. Cars were parked that far out. We started walking. People were leaving. “Did we miss it?” “No. It started about 15 minutes ago. We’re just worn out from standing at the parade all day long.” We were like salmon swimming upstream.
Sure enough, we walked straight up to the front on the football field where the stage was and watched the concert. We weren’t even worn out like everybody else! I talked to one guy who didn’t even go to the field because the process was so drawn out before the concert. His kids had had it. We, however, were right on time.