One of the added highlights of going to any concert that has a conductor such as a Christmas program pageant for the local school or a local choir is the additional things a person in the audience gets to see. On occasions, you can see a child waving at his or her parents and grandparents, a kid talking through the whole song to a fellow member of the choir or even the occasional dance number performed by a particular student, usually of the younger variety.
We all have been in their situation. We've been practicing these songs for months on end, have been standing in perfect rows for days, to make sure we get that right. We've been reminded constantly to "really hold this note here" or "annunciate this word here." It's not that any of these instructions or practices are bad in and of themselves. In fact, they are very helpful in making a concert run smoothly, if at all possible. It's just that after so much time practicing and rehearsing for this one concert, there are times that we would rather not participate, times that we would rather not look at the conductor and take the directions from him or her.
Life seems a little more chaotic at times. You've got protests going on in various cities, pandemic worries coming from various groups and so on. You can just look at the news and be reminded of everything that is occurring in today's world, not just in our own country. It is easy at times for us to get sidetracked by these events of life, and for some even more so because the events directly impact us. We take one step in, and we soon are immersed by every viewpoint that is found within a particular topic we seem to be "swimming" in the energy that a particular cause or topic creates. Sometimes, we ultimately don't know how to put this topic back in its rightful place and return our focus to God.
When we are faced with a situation, we can always look towards the conductor. In our life, the conductor is God. Despite our own viewpoints and situation, he has orchestrated our lives for his purposes and his glory. It may not look like that at the moment or even five or 10 years from now. However, God knows what he is doing, and he knows what the ultimate purpose is for each one of us and for every action that occurs on his earth.
This doesn't put an end to the things that are happening in our world. However, it does give us a viewpoint to focus on, a central person to return to. We can rest in the knowledge and understanding that God is in control and that he is working in all things. Knowing this, we can move forward in life, willing and ready to be used by him for his purposes. Are we ready to be used by him? I pray that we all are willing and ready servants of his, willing to be part of his great plan for us all.
The Wheeled Worshiper