Note: This is an updated version of a blog post from 2012.
There have been a few times in my life when I have been sidelined by health problems. The last four months of 2012 was one of those seasons. Things had started to go downhill a few months after I released my debut CD Turn the Page, and it was a time that I largely cocooned myself, out of necessity and choice, away from the world. On partial medical leave from a professional job, my focus was on getting better and keeping up with my modified work schedule as best I could. There was no time or energy to either promote my album or do music of any kind. In fact, other than recording my CD, I had stepped back from doing music publicly for most of the year.
By December 2012, I was determined that health issues would not keep me down. So when a friend forwarded an email that a local church was looking for singers to participate in a flash mob, I jumped at the opportunity.
That is, until I got cold feet about a week before the event.
I had never done anything like this before, and though my participation was only a teensy part of the whole, fear and insecurity reared their ugly heads. I started to feel stressed out about putting myself out of my comfort zone especially while I was still recovering.
But then I remembered recent words of my pastor, who challenged the congregation not to let the spirit of fear keep us from doing what God is calling us to do. After all, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (1 Timothy 1:7). I needed to take the focus off myself and remember why we were undertaking this event in the first place—to draw attention to the One and only Jesus Christ in a holiday season that too often places emphasis on worldliness.
The morning of the flash mob event felt a little surreal to me. But as my husband and I prayed for the event, things came into laser focus. Our prayer was that people would stop for just a few moments on that busy Saturday afternoon to listen, really listen, to the words of the songs and imprint them on their hearts. We prayed that they would understand the real reason we were created: to praise God through the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour and Deliverer.
There was a noticeable buzz of excitement in the air as we waited for the event to begin. Despite a last-minute decision by mall administration to prohibit us from having an appearance by Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, the event went off without a hitch.
As we moved on to a second mall, it was encouraging to see friends there to support the event, including my pastor and his wife. Minutes before we started, I paid a quick visit to a store I have frequented over the years, and invited the manager and staff to come and join us. This time around, the experience was made extra special as Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus arrived, unencumbered by mall politics. It was a wonderful ending to an amazing opportunity to sing joyfully unto to the Lord.
Afterwards, I dropped by to see if the sales people I had invited had been able to come. It was a beautiful moment when the manager, in an uncharacteristic show of vulnerability, clasped her hands to her heart and said “I have been feeling like I have been missing something, and that was it right there. It brought tears to my eyes as I sang along.”
Wow! Clearly she had been touched; and that is exactly why we all took time out of our busy December schedules to share our hearts, voices, and the good news with people from all walks of life.
I give kudos to Sutherland Evangelical Church for organizing this event, and for all their time and hard work to make this happen. Together, our voices and harmonies were a wonderful testimony to the goodness of our Lord and a great example of unfurling God’s glory through ordinary lives.
You can view the video below.