We’ve been planning for months for Jonathan and the band to go on Florida Tour in the fall. How cool is that?!? Last year, we thought there was nothing more to the project and we were gonna close up shop but after some prayer, the LoRd really brought it back to life again.
In February, two of the most amazing musicians came on the scene. They both love the LoRd and basically finish each other’s sentences musically. The first time they had practiced through Jonathan’s Run to You album, they nailed it perfectly. THese guys come prepared.
So months of planning began. I was in the middle of studying to take the State Boards for Nursing, juggling a babe, and contacting churches and venues for the band to play. I couldn’t quite figure out how to be a “mom’ to 6 grown boys and LoRd, puh-leese help me learn how to cook before August! ok, I”ll cross that bridge when we get there. We set budgets, had fundraiser events and a worship night which was very well received. Moving forward!
Jonathan and I hit a turning point in planning for the Tour in the summer. We gotta lay this thing on the altar and sacrifice it to the LoRd. We want this so badly, so does the band. This would be so disappointing to them, to us, and to everybody else that’s been supporting us this entire time. But it was confirmed. CHristian musician Evan Wickham said that if you are not playing your music in your own church, you have no business taking them elsewhere. Ouch. He’s right.
We haven’t been able to play these songs regularly in our worship sets at church despite people asking. We have volunteer musicians and people in our congregations and choir inquiring about these songs all the time. The band has even got the blessing and support from the leadership of the church to go on tour. But it’s true, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense if other churches were playing these songs and not our own. Jonathan once described it like boats. When you have a smaller church, it’s like a canoe, you can put the paddle in the water and maneuver in a different direction rather quickly. With a megachurch, it can be like turning the Titanic.
So for now, the Florida Tour has been extremely scaled back. Its super-disappointing and yet we know that if God isn’t for it, it would just be a waste of time and energy. We once again wait. And pray. Believing that God can make a breakthrough in our own congregational worship and do a new thing. It’s not about “Jonathan’s songs”, it’s about what He wants to do. We will submit to those plans, even if these songs aren’t necessarily a part of it. We are just called to serve.
I’m so thankful for the reports from the congregation and all across the country from those who have heard these songs and been encouraged in their own personal lives. Our prayer is that God would continue build up His Church through them. His will be done. What an awesome thing it is to be used by God and submitted to His plan. We want to lay our lives down before the LoRd, and whatever He wants to do with it, it’s up to Him.
“Unless the LoRd builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it.” Psalm 127:1