As we travel across the country we get to
see all sorts of services, churches
and singings in general. It’s often difficult to determine how any
concert setting you attend will work out. It’s even harder to
Spiritual the service will or will not be. If only there was a way
to predict the
type of service you were about to attend, then you’d have
Many years ago we noticed a small crack that appeared in the side
of the bus. Not thinking much of it, we continued on, fulfilling our
and traveling for the Lord. As one might expect, some of the
great, some fine, others lacking. One day someone made the
observation as the
crack in the window began to grow that it looked like a graph on
It had started in the bottom right corner of the window and had
climb in a zagging pattern up and to the left. We began to notice
when the crack was going up, we would have truly wonderful services.
crack was going straight across, the service was standard in nature.
when the crack began to go downward, the service was less than desirable. It
actually did seem to predict the Spirituality of the services! Did
discover that elusive service predictor? It got the point that it was
so accurate, that it became a running joke to “consult the crack”
at any given booking to see what kind of service we should expect.
One particular weekend we had booked a difficult schedule,
ourselves entirely too thin trying to fulfill three singing dates in
Starting on a Friday night we had been performing nonstop and had
approached the last service of the weekend. It was a Sunday evening
five shows behind us, needless to say we were exhausted. In fact, we
only tired of traveling; we were tired of each other and being on
the road in
general. We had just finished a two and a half hour drive to arrive
at this last
we pulled up …our jaws dropped. The church was on a
just off the main road and there was no way to get our bus up to the
In fact, there was no drive leading to the church door at all. Parking
across the road where members and visitors would cross the road,
walk up a
long set of steps built within a rock retaining wall, proceed up a
to a second set of smaller steps leading into the church itself.
glazed, we made our way through these obstacles and up to the
only to find them locked and with no one around. What’s this?
our travel time, we were running behind and the service was to
an hour. Shouldn’t someone be here by now? Could it be that
we were at the
wrong place? Was there a way around this after all?
Back then, the group was larger and younger so we shouldn’t have
grumpy about it, but the mere thought of lugging all our equipment
that road, up those rock steps in the wall, up the sidewalk and up
steps, and then to set it all up was more than we could stand the
Especially after the run we had already had this particular weekend.
the key word in all this was “up!” Everything was uphill to load
in. Not to
mention the fact that back then, we had much, MUCH more equipment and
was built (as everything was back then) bigger and heavier than anything
see today. With a three-hour trip home ahead of us, talk began to turn
getting back on the bus and heading home. Almost everyone was in
we could be most of the way home by the time the service was over
one would even know we were there. There were nine of us then, so it was
easy when an idea started to gain traction, to rally the troops and have
everyone on board in a very short period of time. Especially when you are as
tired as we were then. But there was one or two of the guys who resisted the
temptation to go home to bed, and they reminded everyone of the obligation
had as servants of God and to the church who was expecting us. Someone
turn noted that the crack in the window was pointing straight up which
added some much needed hope. With all these factors in mind, we decided to
it up, start unloading and begin the daunting task of dragging all our
through the labyrinth of obstacles that awaited us.
And the rest of the story will be continued
next month. So 'til then, be blessed.