Last year a baby grand piano was installed for a special performance of a piece by Beethoven. Andy Jackson of the Cobwebs orchestra was the featured pianist. Playing with him were … well, various people who happened to be in the Haymarket bus station at the time. You can read more about the performance in the video description.
Sometimes life in the Kingdom of God feels like this. God is making music, and we are asked to join in with the song He is singing over creation (Zephaniah 3:17, among others). Not only are we joining in His song, we are also coming together as part of the Church. Sometimes that can be beautiful. And sometimes it can be awkward.
Are you giving grace to others? That is music to God’s ears.
Are you helping the poor? That’s one of His favorite songs.
Are you consoling the hurting? That’s a theme that runs through all His favorite symphonies.
As we go through life trying to serve, to help, to give, we’re joining in the song that God is writing, directing, performing.
Sometimes in the church the song is obscured by petty arguments–or large ones. Sometimes jealousies creep in. Sometimes sin mars the song, jarring the notes.
But when we come together with the purpose of knowing God, of showing Him to the world, of being part of His concert rather than wanting to be a solo act … that is when music is made that can impact the world.
The music that we make together may have hesitations, awkward pauses, wrong notes; but it is in the togetherness, as we join in with God’s song, that the music thrives.