Symphony orchestras provide the unique creation of a unique type of music.The conductor is virtually silent with regard to the resulting music, but he receives the greatest praise when the concert is successful!The conductor controls every member of the orchestra through the bond of respect & trust, and through the direction of his hands and his eyes. (“20And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-21)
The conductor expends no breath for the making of sound, yet he lives to “keep the beat” with the arms of his visual metronome. Then as required by the music (pre-written by the composer,) the conductor invites the entrance of instruments.During the concert the musician’s entire existence is pledged to the direction of the conductor! The musician’s sole desire is to accomplish every bidding of his conductor.
The musician knows that he has but one responsibility: He must “play his part”. He must only play his part. He must play every note with excellence! Beyond the point of excellence that enhances the whole is grandiose pride and grandstanding. Anything less than excellence that enhances the whole is the pride of self-absorbed depression.
As we grow to recognize Jesus as the symphony orchestra conductor, we begin to hear the wondrous strains of this cosmic Unfinished Symphony, known as Life! We each are merely musicians commanding sure notes from wind or percussion instruments…for some have spiritual gifts of speaking while others exercise their gifts of service with their hands.
In the Christian life and in an orchestra concert “playing my part” creates beautiful music together with the LORD. However, playing more quickly or more slowly than the conductor requires is destructive because it is prideful.
“Playing my part” according to the conductor’s direction and cadence is the demonstration of real musicianship and humility!“The circumstances of a saint’s life are ordained of God.” Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest, November 7th entry.