I had a pretty ok day but I was pooped from pushing myself so much this week. I had this plan to come home right after 5pm and just get on the bed and chillax, so you can imagine that when my friend called to tell me that she had tickets to go to this place “…refugees…did I wanna come?” I was thinking “oh heck no. I’m pooped!” Instead, I said “Ok I”ll just meet you there.” Well, lemme tell you; nothing prepared me for what happened next.
I had heard her say something about watching refugees so I figured it was a movie and honestly, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. Like I said, I was tired (and a little self involved?). Turns out that in celebration of world refugee day, UNHCR had made it possible for the Sierra Leone All Stars Band to come and play a free concert. It’s no lie when I tell you that this was the best surprise I have had and heard in a while. It’s a total understatement to say that these guys knew their stuff and were accomplished musicians who were entertaining, fun and connected.
This experience took me to a place inside me where I feel elevated, whole, and that the best of me is still to come. I’m not talking celebrity and I’m not just saying this just to say it. I’m talking….these musicians who have survived unimaginable tragedies and loss reminded me (and really took me back to the place where I am always reminded) that not only can something good and beautiful come out of pain, but that something meaningful and worthy can and will come out of pain – if we let it. With everything that’s been going on with me, I’ve been left wondering where the next hit will come from , feeling lost in a world of other hurting people, feeling like I’m losing my mind and my will to believe in a better tomorrow. Tonight wasn’t just about a band or some musicians for me, tonight was about hope. Hope that tomorrow can be better, hope that music really can and will heal – if we let it, hope that the sun will shine again. Hope and knowledge: knowledge that God sees me, that I am not lost and that all this will not be for nothing. Knowledge that I’m ok…that I’m safe.
I needed a blessing, which is exactly what I got, and I would have totally missed it if I hadn’t said “YES” to a simple invitation; so next time someone invites you to do something different or out of the ordinary, even if you’re tired consider saying “yes,” (or “ok, I’ll just meet you there” , for you never know what surprise and/or blessing awaits you.