If you follow the Christian Rock music scene, there is a chance you have heard about Lacey Sturm and her encounter with God that changed her life.
Coming from a place of atheism and suicide contemplation, Lacey had such a life altering experience with the living God and His undeniable power changed the course of her life, setting into motion a powerful ministry.
My personal experience in following the music, writings and ministry of Lacey Sturm began in 2004. As a friend popped in the EP of a band called Flyleaf and said “you have got to hear this!” I was hooked at that very moment. It was like her music spoke to my soul without me even realizing exactly why. Later I came to realize it would be a platform God was using to shape my life. It was Jesus Christ, inside of Lacey, that was calling to me through her music. It was like I was hearing my story and a way to freedom that I was unconsciously wanting more of.
A few weeks after my friend and I were listening to Flyleaf in the car, I noticed they were touring with Seether, Shinedown and Halestorm and I knew had to go!
I watched Lacey and her band get up in front of hundreds people wearing all black, dark make-up, chugging beers and yelling every cuss word in the book. As Lacey took the stage, people from the audience were screaming, “you’re hot,” wanting to get her attention. Without an ounce of judgement in her eye, Lacey stood confidently in front of them and began to explain the next song called “Cassie.”
This song was about Cassie and Rachel who were killed in the Columbine shooting after they were asked if they believed in God. Lacey then said, “We, also believe in God and we would die for that,” the crowd hushed and she began to sing.
When she spoke those words, something hit me, I thought “How could someone be so bold to announce that they would die for their beliefs to a bunch of people who probably didn’t care?”
It had me thinking and that would be my first of many Flyleaf and Lacey Sturm shows I would attend.
Over time she would write more music and books that would have a deep impact on myself and I know many others. She would always talk about the words of wisdom that God would give her and experiences that God would lead her through. It was contagious to the rest of us how God would care so much.
Lacey’s heart for the lost, broken and hurting also shines through as she talks directly to her fans from the stage.
Recently at a show, she described two of her songs Vanity and Rot with a story from the Bible about a rich man and Lazarus. ( Luke 16:19-31).
Lacey said, “Lazarus’s whole life he suffered [and was poor]. The rich man’s whole life he was living in luxury. They both died. The poor man was in Abraham’s bosom, in paradise and the rich man in Hades, suffering.”
The rich man, now in Hell, pleading with Abraham finally cries, “if someone could just go warn my brothers about this place so no one has to come here… Surely, if someone raised from the dead they would believe and repent.””
Abraham said back to him, “If they do not believe Moses or the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone raises from the dead.”
In continuing to explain, Lacey said, “The next songs remind me that there is still time to hear truth and come out of death and have life, tonight. I just want you to listen tonight, and if there is death in some area of your life you can make choices to change from death to life. You still have time.”
When speaking with Tom Gascon, Lacey’s drummer, he confirmed that their touring life is really going into the “Rock n’ Roll world” to find people that may be unreachable except through music. “I personally take the time to minster to anyone the Lord puts on my heart,” Tom told me. “A lot of times, it results in prayer over that person and we’ve seen a lot of deliverance on the road! We also get to see many people turn their lives back over to the Lord!”
Tom knew from the beginning of his time with the band that the power of God was on Lacey, her team (Lacey’s husband and guitarist – Josh Sturm, and bassist – Ben Hull) and the message they wanted to deliver for the Lord. “At our very first practice, in a tiny basement-like room, the Holy Spirit was so thick that it was obvious that the Lord was blessing what we were doing. In that moment, I knew that He had amazing plans and purpose on this calling into the rock ministry.”
In another message Lacey was delivering to our crowd, she would explain that she needed to talk to us, as everywhere she goes she knows there is a different reason why they are there. She knows how each person in the room was unique and had a specific purpose.
“You are God’s art!” she exclaimed.
“We all say something about who God is. You have a unique DNA for a reason. You have a purpose that no one else can fulfill the way you can fulfill it. That’s an amazing thing…There’s someone here that needs to know, you are important, significant.”
In concluding her explanations Lacey said she had already prayed for everyone in that room. She asked God for each of us to have our very own encounter with Him and that our lives would be changed.
To really sum up the impact, heart and ministry of Lacey Sturm to a single article would be impossible. She has written two amazing books: The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living, sharing her encounter with God and her drastic life change from atheism to having a relationship with her Creator and The Mystery: Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers. Her music written with Flyleaf (Flyleaf, Memento Mori, and New Horizons) still speaks volumes of life’s truths and her latest music, Life Screams, is a perfect continuation of the creativity God pours through her and her bandmates . We here, at Waves of the Sea, hope to feature more articles about the amazing things God is doing through this group of people.
To Lacey and her team, thank you for what you do. You’re making a difference. We are big fans over here at Waves of the Sea.
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