This past weekend, I had an event in St. Louis, Missouri. It was one of those events that was so prayed over, you felt it the moment you arrived. I could go on and on with all God did at this event, but the theme of the event was so beautifully summed up by our worship artists, Christa Wells and Nicole Witt in the song above. As a little background info to Christa and Nicole, I was introduced to their music through a tweet I put out about a year ago when I asked my Twitter friends for some suggestions for worship songs to add to my running/walking playlist. One of you suggested a new EP called “Image of God” by Christa Wells and Nicole Witt, so I looked them up on iTunes and listened to a sampling. I liked what I heard and proceeded to buy the CD and add it to my playlist.
Shortly thereafter, I went for a run and played the CD. I was struck by how their lyrics seemed to echo so many of the truths I love to write and speak about. Grace. Redemption. Brokenness. Being rescued by God’s unfailing love. Again. For the bazillionth time. Song after song, chorus after chorus, I felt like had I met my worship soulmates. When their song, “Image of God” played during my run, I literally had to stop and rewind to the chorus to play the words one more time. It came during a time in my life when I desperately needed to hear this beautiful chorus:
We come in pieces
We come in fragments
We come discolored
To the foot of the cross
Our Maker sees us
All that we have been
Bonds us together
The Image of God
I recall thinking on that day how I would love to meet these two gals…and if possible, serve together at some point. Little did I know at the time, I had already said “yes” to a speaking request from Harvester Church and the worship artists for the event would be none other than …. Christa Wells and Nicole Witt. (Signal the Twilight Zone theme music in the background, but without the creepiness factor.) As a side note, Christa wrote the breathtaking lyrics to “Held”, sung by Natalie Grant. And Nicole helped write the 2011 Bluegrass Song of the Year. I dug that info up on the web — they said nada about it at the event.
Fast forward to the event this past weekend and that awkward moment when I met these two gals in the green room for the first time. I proceeded to confess my fandom without sounding to stalkerish. My daughter was with me and said I did a pretty good job of not over-gushing in the first meeting. The event began and they proceeded to open with their first set. And yeah, I basically wept through just about every song they played, which means I stepped up on the platform with swollen eyes and a case of the worship sniffles. Fun times. They ended their first set with the song above, which basically summed up in 3 minutes and 55 seconds everything I was about to talk about in my message to follow. My message was about the things we pursue that ultimately fail to deliver long-term satisfaction…and of course the good news that only God alone can satisfy our souls fully. I love it when God so divinely matches and weaves the worship with the messages.
Later in the green room on Friday evening, Nicole came up to me and said something to the effect of “Wow, Christa and I were amazed at how the truths you spoke about mirror the same truths we like to sing about.” Signal the Twilight theme song again. Add some goosebumps. And I’m pretty sure that was the moment when we decided to tour together, beginning in 2014. Even though no one has invited us to do so just yet. Minor detail, but oh well. If it’s meant to be, it will happen. That much I know.
Anyway, if you have not yet had the opportunity to hear their music, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Christa Wells and Nicole Witt. The song above is on a different EP than the Image of God, but all their music can all be found on iTunes. And stay tuned for information about the upcoming tour.
P.S. You can also Click here to see a short clip where Christa and Nicole share how they met and the philosophy behind their music.