Play Your Part No Matter How Small!

by Dee Wieninger

I attended a special night at the symphony recently, which I hadn't done in a very long time. My friend with me said, "Dee, we're gonna get culture!"  There was just something about sitting in this theater watching the orchestra prepare, looking very elegant in their black tux or dress. The first violinist would stand and face his fellow musicians and play a particular note on his violin igniting all others to tune their instruments to his, making sure each had just the right pitch and sound. I thought about the years of instruction each member had committed to and now their commitment to the group as a whole, practicing their part at home and then scheduling time to practice bringing their parts together for an amazing sound to share with others.

I was awed at the honor placed on the first violinist and the conductor, oh the conductor! What honor and respect was offered when she stepped on the stage giving a respectful hand shake to the first violinist and then stepping onto her podium, reserved just for her. As she stood center stage before the orchestra she didn't speak, sing, or play an instrument, but all eyes were on her and no one made a move until she did! 

She stood very still, hands hovered softly in the air as if to touch it. All was silent until she gently moved her hands away from each other and suddenly a most beautiful sound began to rise from the stage. With all members playing their part they blended into the most beautiful sound! The conductor moved her hands and outstretched arms as if begging attention in a certain area and they obediently provided as she requested. Getting louder, softer, faster or slower, the conductor helped the group keep pace and tempo providing a beautiful rhythmic and melodic sound.

The larger part of the orchestra that the audience sees is the string section with so many violins. I love the sound of the violin but when you put multiple violins together what an amazing sound they make. I strived to see those that made up the horn section and then behind them were the percussionist. Oh what faithful servants assigned to a bell, triangle, wood block or drum. Waiting their turn to make what might be one momentary sound.

Standing and waiting for his directive from his conductor the percussionist stood with his triangle in one hand and its strike rod poised in the other.  I watched the conductor to see how she would release the triangle and all its potential to its purpose.

The music was flowing with such beautiful harmony and with all the grace of a bird landing softly on its perch, with an outstretched arm the conductor pointed to the percussionist, gave a gentle downward wave and he struck the triangle. It's sweet, almost childlike sound rang out over the whole orchestra and through the theater. It was a sound that had it not been there would have been terribly missed.

God is our grand conductor deserving of all our respect, admiration and love. He has a plan and purpose for each of you. You might be a violin-one of many-necessary for every crescendo, blending notes of melody and harmony or maybe you're in the horn section somewhere amidst a tuba or a piccolo. Or just maybe you're in the percussion section as a triangle, wood clapper or drum possibly needed for only a moment but without you it would not have been a most excellent experience. Know God's purpose for you — seek it out, practice, and commit yourself to an elegant team. Play your part! Tune your life to the Master and take your cue from our most amazing conductor!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3


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