Sometimes, it’s harder to write the truth than fiction. With fiction, you start out knowing you can put any spin on whatever you decide to write. It took me a number of years to reach my current point of surrender. Only truth will do!
I just happened to be here today. I was invited to listen to the rehearsal for the Sunday service. In my youth, I so envied people who could sing and play musical instruments. I used to think, “Why not me?” Hence, extreme envy! It took me years to get over that one. (smile).
So I was able to move into the rehearsal room, sit where I was told, and just listen. From the first note, I was hooked. Not only were my ears, oh so pleasantly bombarded with notes, both familiar and unfamiliar, instruments known and unknown, songs in foreign languages, but my eyes feasted on the seriousness of the situation. I thought, “these people are combining their individual gifts to give what they knew they could do for the Glory of God. I pictured Him peeping through the clouds and listening attentively. He took time out of his busy day to listen to the combined efforts of people he blessed with musical gifts that they chose to use in His glory. Some asked the conductor if a pat here and there could be repeated, just so it could be clarified whether instrument or chorus. It was always answered with a, “yes, we can.” My part was easy. I just sat there and took it all in.
Over the years, I’ve learned not to envy the gifts of others, but to enjoy the happiness of all when we are presenting our gifts to God. I can’t read the notes being played or sing like those in the choir, but I felt their connection to something greater than themselves in that room. While there and listening, I did not think about anything except just being glad I was there. We all were cocooned in a warm blanket with God’s love and appreciation for the efforts of all of us in that room where song and instruments intertwined and floated up to heaven.
On a final note, I’d say it was pleasing to God.
Daily Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my[a] God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of[b] Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.