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Today’s guest writer is Anthony Varesio, with another installment of his “Imperfekt Chronicles.”
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
I have been enjoying looking at life as a symphony, a musical collaboration, an ensemble. It is a soothing vision to me, as all the terms afford such a wonderful myriad of analogies for God, Christ, and Life.
God is our Composer. He has carefully selected each participant to submit their particular instrumental talent: percussion, vocals, horns, strings, etc. He even selected his conductor: Christ Jesus. Collectively, the compilation will produce a whole new entity unto itself made with a perfect mingle of balance, harmony, rhythm, fluidness, tone, and lyrics to add literal interpretation of the musical essence.
Jesus stands before us as our Conductor. He faces us with great enthusiasm and passion showing His desire for each of us to be the best we can. He can hear and feel each individual contribution; every section, every note and the resulting grand objet d’art. Before any new musical creation begins, every conductor speaks to each member of the orchestra, together and individually, to declare the composer’s expectations, vision, and purpose of the piece, and then the conductor lets the “spirit of the music” speak inside each musician resounding the conductor’s commands and guiding each musician as the new melodious entity grows and evolves into the composer’s vision. Christ, the conductor, spoke to his ensemble; the Holy Spirit now speaks in our hearts.
This musical comparison has been fruitful for me. For a while I couldn’t break free from receiving genuine forgiveness or true grace, and as I continued my walk with Christ, all the stark realizations of how I have sinned overwhelmed me and compounded the dread of my past and present actions and behaviors. Seeing myself through the eyes of the Sinless One was nearly unbearable. Who could I ever be now? What good could I ever do?
Slowly the Word answered my queries and I began to see myself as one blessed and as a wonderful part of a greater orchestra.
Perhaps I had many rehearsals where I was off key, or perhaps I crashed the cymbals during an aria of perfect execution, or maybe I have been that player who simply did not commit discipline to my art, thereby compromising the quality of the communal efforts. In the end, I realized that no orchestra came together perfectly. Each musician contributes a specific sound and talent, and each one brought their “imperfektions”. Regardless, through hard work, passion, discipline, respect, and love for their art they persevered and became an integral part of the group. Each of their experiences, lessons, and talents became an essential gear in the musical machine.
I know I am forgiven. I know everything I have done or experienced in my life God has turned into an asset for His plan. Without each stumble, hardship, misstep I would not fulfill a specific role, or need, in God’s plan: What would an orchestra sound like if all the instruments were the same?
Each day is my “judgment day.” I want to be sure that I quickly resolve any of my transgressions by repenting, and that I would be quick to love and forgive, and be sure to keep my eyes firmly affixed on the conductor, Christ Jesus, so I may be part of a beautiful, living symphony.
Merry, Merry Christmas my Brothers and Sisters!!
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