Many of you may remember Johnny Lang from his days as a child prodigy. I first saw him on the Tonight Show maybe… this baby in his early teens who could sing the blues & play the guitar as if he were possessed. He went platinum by age 15. He is incredible.
I got to see him in person last year. We went to see they guy opening for him — I hadn’t followed Johnny Lang. We listened to his CD in preparation for the concert, but it could’ve NEVER prepared me for the raw talent I saw. I am telling you, it is like music boils inside of his blood, convulsing his body & shaking it’s way out of him in perfection! But wow… what amazed me more was that through this secular concert, without him saying a word, it became beyond clear to me that he was a Christian. The way he gave the spotlight to his band members, his humility… I can’t explain it, but I had NO DOUBT that he was God’s. It was confirmed at the very end… as the crowd shouted for more, & as he had his chance for an encore, he gave a wordless guitar solo of “How Great Thou Art.” And it was worshipful.
I came home perplexed. What was his story? What I found was an article, and this song— his testimony.
Here is his testimony, in his words. i cut out big chunks of it, so read it on your own if you want the whole scoop..
[…] I saw things that really burned me and turned me off to Christianity – especially hypocrisy. However, what turned me off the most about Christianity was that I’d never seen the power of God move. It was just a lot of going through the motions but not experiencing His power or His presence. […]
When I was 16 I met the most wonderful girl in Los Angeles while on tour and became great friends with her and her family. […] I’m just so thankful that they loved me because I was such a mess. They loved me through all that and God gave them a heart to stick with me.
[…]In fact, her father, Cliff, was like a second dad to me. […]
Cliff had become very sick – he had Hepatitis C and cancer all over his body. […]
But I had to go back to the house. While I was walking out in the hallway of my friend’s apartment building, I was suddenly hit in the stomach by the most incredible force. It spread from there and filled my whole body. I had this soundness of mind and this extraordinary peace that I just couldn’t explain. It was an incredible feeling.
[…]When I got back to the house, everybody was just beside themselves. I was not the kind of person who could deal with those kinds of emotions. But whatever had happened to me in that apartment hallway gave me a special wisdom to handle it. […]
Yet at the same time I felt total peace. He didn’t say “Hey, this is Jesus” or anything, but I knew it was Him. I heard Him say to me, “You don’t have to have this if you don’t want it.” I was completely and utterly amazed, and I definitely wanted it. I wanted it more than anything I’d ever wanted in my whole life. I kept shaking and shaking until I fell to the ground. I gave my life to Christ right there at that moment.
[…] What’s so miraculous about this whole experience is that I had not been pursuing God. I despised Him. I was living with total hostility toward God and He still loved and delivered me. […]