Toby Mac was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota a few short weeks ago, in November. We decided to go since it isn't every day that Toby and his crew makes it to our neck of the prairie.
While we were at the meet and greet before the concert, Toby was asked to recall any particular miracles that might have transpired, connected to his music and touring. Toby stated in a general sense, that miracles come in many ways and sometimes they are private matters that only a few come to realize, never really to be emphasized in the broader public sense. The key seemed to be that if God is the Potter -- and we are the clay which in turn becomes a vessel of His shaping -- it all comes from God.
There was a time when our 17-year-old autistic daughter was not able to enjoy music, or anything else under the sun; it was a season of significant worsening for her that started around age 10. It appeared all was lost, and all through her journey into the worsening the doctors seemed intent on ruling out schizophrenia. Music was a problem for her throughout that time.
As the worsening ensued, everyone kept trying to help our daughter -- to find something that would give her mind some rest -- to no avail.
Since the events chronicled above, our daughter has become quite a bit more functional. But I never would have dreamed that our family might experience a miracle in our daughter's life -- at the Toby Mac, Skillet concert.
Our daughter sat through the whole thing: Skillet and Toby Mac. Unheard of!
We had front row seats right by the catwalk. Early in the overall performance, John Cooper from Skillet came right to Sarah to touch her hand and play his tremendously loud, harder rock music. There was all kinds of excitement with the fire and fireworks on stage.
After Skillet, came good old Toby Mac...At the start of his performance, Sarah got a backward high five from Toby when he walked down the catwalk. However, it gets better. During one of Toby's last songs he ran off the catwalk into the crowd and when he headed back to the catwalk he came right to our row of seats -- walking on them to get back on to the catwalk.
My hubby, at first not sure how to help because one of the Toby Mac crew was telling him not to -- decided to hold the rail firm so that Toby could get back on the catwalk.
Ironically, during the meet and great I had told Sarah that she would be able to see Toby, but not touch him. I was wrong :) We also thought she might not last through even the first performance...I was wrong about that too. We did not arrange for the attention that our daughter recieved during the performance - from either artist. Obviously the Potter did.