So, I love Sadie Robertson. A lot. I've been following her career since maybe 2013, when Duck Dynasty was in full swing. I watched her dance on Dancing with the Stars, I bought her book and her school supplies, and I even drove seven hours to meet her at a book signing in Charlotte.
Needless to say, when I heard that the Live Original Tour (basically an event with rappers, worship music, and Sadie speaking) was coming to Raleigh, I knew that I had to go. The theme of the whole tour was "United We Stand, Divided We Fall," which is from a Bible story about four oxen. A lion was stalking the four oxen, so to protect themselves, they all stood with their tails together and their horns out. When they argued and went their separate ways, the lion killed off each of them.
I'm glad I went because it was AMAZING. There were three things that night that really stuck out to me.
1. Sadie was talking about God-sized dreams a lot throughout the night, and the story that she focused on was Nehemiah, who was the king's cup bearer, and who was tasked by God to lead the people of Israel to rebuild the wall of the temple. The only problem? He had no money. So, The Lord provided Nehemiah with the opportunity to ask the king for help. Long story short, the king sent Nehemiah to build the wall with an army behind him.
Sadie shared about her God-given desire to speak, and said when people hear what she wants to do with her life, they say, "What makes you think you can accomplish all of this? It's impossible."
"Yeah, exactly," she continued. "That's how big my God is." It gave me goosebumps.
I was involved with an event here at UNC last semester called "Carry the Love," and without me even telling her about them, a staff member asked me if I had any God-sized dreams, and then prayed over them. Y'all -- I have no idea how I'm going to do the things God has placed in my heart (LOLLLL) but I am 100% confident that if He wants them to happen, they'll happen.
2. So one of the worship leaders at the Tour was Hollyn (big fan, big fan. You guys have to check her out.) She was talking during one of the songs to people who, as she described, "feel like they are anxiety."
"Nothing has you," she said. And then, all of a sudden, she shifted to speaking to people who live in such a constant state of feeling anxious that they don't even realize it anymore. Then she had all of us raise our hands and the band sang over us. Hollyn wasn't necessarily talking about a chemical imbalance kind of anxiety because that can't be cured by simply thinking your way out of it or having someone say nice things to you, but she was definitely speaking to me, and I swear she was looking right at me.
I get so anxious about stupid things that my hands shake. There are times where I've worked myself up to such a state about something insignificant that I feel like I can't breathe. I know that many of you probably also experience these feelings, but just know that there is a God who is in control of every aspect of your life. What an awesome reminder.
3. The last part of the evening that really stuck with me still gives me such a sense of peace and contentment. First off, I love, love, LOVE watching people worship. Near the end of the night, the band was singing "Spirit Break Out" and I looked over to the side and recognized one of the other speakers.
That's when I noticed that behind him, Sadie was worshiping, dancing, and jumping with the rest of us, her hands in the air. No one else realized it was happening, and it was one of the most at-peace I have felt because in that moment, it didn't matter that she was famous, or rich, or had this huge brand behind her. We were both young adults worshiping our God because of HIM and because of HIS character. The focus was on HIM.
It didn't matter how old everyone in the room was, our socioeconomic status, or what our home lives looked like. We were worshiping Jesus for everything that He is. It was so beautiful that it made me cry, and that is a memory that I will treasure for the rest of eternity.
Do you like Sadie Robertson? Who are your favorite celebrities?
I am a September baby, which may be the root of my love for fall. I love dark chocolate, popcorn, and I do actually like brussel sprouts. I'm the kind of person that listens to a Christmas song in September. (But only one. I don't want to ruin the ~magic~).