Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm Not a Stalker.....I'm Not a Stalker


Maybe I've mentioned a time or two how much I love Chris Tomlin? No? Well, I do. And my enabling friend, Christie from Pop Rocks for Breakfast, knows that all too well. She dragged me kicking & screaming to yet another concert with Chris (I like to refer to him on a first name basis....as if we're friends.) Yes. This was my 5th concert in 3 years, but who's counting.

So most people don't know who Chris is. Meet the fantastic Chris Tomlin:
He is a contemporary Christian Artist whom I happen to love. He writes amazing worship songs that I bet YOU have sung once or twice in your church. I have always loved his music and have jumped at every opportunity to see him in concert. His concerts are not your ordinary momma's concerts.....he wants you to be a part of the worship. All his lyrics are written on the screen (but for his greatest fan like me, I knew all of them) so you can worship along with him. And it is an amazing experience.

This past Friday, I had the privilege of seeing Chris again. This time it was at my beloved Church, Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, up in the DFW area. This was a much more intimate setting than any other venue I have seen him in before, and since I knew my way around the church, I felt like maybe...just maybe...I could run into him. Chris, that is.

Christie just laughs at me. She thinks my (ahem) obsession with Chris borders on inappropriateness.....you know, cause he's a Christian artist and I'm married.....blah, blah, blah. I don't worship the man. I think what he does to carry on God's Great Word is simply amazing and I admire him. (yeah, that's a good word). I don't think it is him as much as the amazing worship experience we receive from him that I enjoy so much. Hubby has gone with me twice to see him and I know he agrees.....but still says I'm obsessed. Ok, maybe it's a little"star-struck-itis" that I have. I tend to get all giddy when meeting stars...it's ridiculous, I know. I once was ecstatic to meet Colby from Survivor. But I digress.....

We did get there early and we did get great seat (thank you Lord for general admission). And we did see a few people I knew from church that were working the concert and "tried " to get me backstage. And yes, my accomplice said she would go to meet him with me...... Uh huh...I'm not the only one with a crush......

Chris put on a simply A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. concert. He is all about giving glory to God all night long. He makes it abundantly clear that it is not about him (Chris)......but all about God.
Have you heard his song Indescribable before? You have probably never heard it played this way.....
video

Christie had a few friends at the concert who had a connection (i was so giddy!!!!) to the band. Are you ready for this?? Christie's friend's sister's husband was roommates in college with Jesse. Who is Jesse?? Chris's bassist. So cool, right?? Guess who got to meet him??

here i am, ONE degree away from Chris.
And you know I wasn't above asking him to help me meet Chris. See? Here's the proof. He was so cool about it....said he's be happy to help me meet him, if he hadn't left yet.

Jesse had lots of friends to catch up with and as time was ticking away, I made my move onstage to the door where everyone was lined up to see Chris. Unfortunately, I was a little too late as some important person told us 'Chris has left the building'. However, who comes walking out the door? Daniel. Chris's lead guitarist. Who was so gracious and nice to talk to. We had a great conversation all about Austin - they all used to lead worship at a church in downtown Austin. They just happened to move to Atlanta the same summer I moved to Austin. Figures.
So, my dear friends, the closest I came to meeting Chris was this:
And this:
I'm standing on the X where he sang from all night.
Now I realize, he is just an ordinary guy- like the rest of us. Probably likes to eat chips and salsa and watch Lost. Probably loves to watch college football (he went to A & M) and drives a big ole' truck. He is nothing special. Just someone God handpicked to share the good news with the world in a very special way. I just want the opportunity to tell him what an amazing job he does. How he touches the church and unchurched with his music. How he is a true fisher of men. And that my friends, is NOT stalking.


11 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

I was just talking about Chris tonight. That man is so blessed and talented. His music brings tears to my eyes and brings me into the throne room all the time. How lucky are you? Blessed! That is awesome. I hope that I can see him in concert just once.

Rhonda said...

I listen to worship music daily. I love Chris! I would love to see him in concert just once like Mimi said! Awwwww, so cool!

Jessica said...

That totally counts if you ask me, Becca!!!

Nancy said...

What a fun post, Becca! SO great to meet you! It was fun helping make the connection to Jesse--sorry we didn't get you to meet Chris. That leaves something for next time. ;)

jenjen said...

So fun! I love that picture of you guys.

XOOX
Jen

Kelli said...

Love your admiring. I like his music a lot too and it does bring out a special kind of worship. Glad you got to enjoy yourself and get one degree away from Chris. Maybe next time (because we all know there will be a next time) you'll get to meet him up close and in person.

Connie Weiss said...

How exciting! You were soooo close!

Lyndsay said...

It looks like such a good time! I haven't been to one of his concerts yet but I love his music too. By the way I am jealous that you met Colby from Survivor, I used to have a star crush on him back in the day! HA!

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow, how amazing. I would love to go to a Chris Tomlin concert, his music is fabulous. I am glad you and Christie got to go together. Have a fabulous day!

Vivienne said...

Fabulous. And no, not stalking. (Cuz I feel the same way about Tyrone Wells and I know I'M not a stalker...

jennykate77 said...

I LOVE love LOVE Chris Tomlin!!! He is definitely one of my favorite Christian artists...his worship music is amazing! That is so cool that you've been to 5 concerts!! I would love to go to one!

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