I recently subbed for our Handbell Choir. I have subbed in handbells a few times, but nothing recently. Usually it was just for a practice so that you aren’t missing someone’s notes in the midst of it. This time it was the real deal. The real-during-church-performance kind of deal.
We had one practice before I performed (if you don’t count the day of practice). I found myself having to watch the director like a hawk.
I was in band so I can read music okay.
But for handbells you play 2-3 notes throughout an entire song. It’s a bit different as you have everyones notes.
Maybe I am making excuses but it was difficult for me. 😉
But as I was leaving handbells it got me thinking that life is a little like a handbell choir, and God is the director. Every measure, every step, we have to keep our eyes on Him.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Sometimes I forget to keep my eyes on Him. I plan my own future, I make my own path and then I look to God and He’s like, we’re on measure 12 and that’s not your note.
In music if you are off a measure or a beat, its noticed. Maybe not by those who don’t know music or have never heard the tune before, but by those around you and by The One who directs our path- it’s notice. And I think we notice too when things just don’t seem right.
So, I’m keeping my eyes on Him, the author and perfecter of my faith. I’m following His lead, not going on my own, and playing the notes as His plan directs.