Creator, Composer, Conductor
Music is a universal language. Many of us had the privilege of getting a hands-on experience while in school. We had to learn to read music, practice our instrument, and trust the conductor to lead us. This is an analogy of God being the Master Creator, Composer and Conductor.
As the omnipotent Creator, God designed each of us with unique talents, represented by an instrument we are given to play. Some musicians are virtuosos who perform with exceptional ability and technique, while others may only clang their cymbals together, but played together at the right time produces beautiful music.
As the omniscient Composer, God has written and knows every part of the orchestral score we are to play, as well as everyone else’s part. The amazing thing about listening to an orchestra is the many layers of music that are placed on top of each other in harmonies and melodies that all flow together to make it a masterpiece.
As a confident Conductor, His right arm moves in 4/4 time, using His baton to divide the earth in quarters, pointing North, South, East, and West with every measure that is played. He literally has the whole world in His hands.
Each day is broken into 24 hours, represented by 24 measures of music, with each measure representing an hour. We are only responsible for what is placed on our scores, and not for the person beside us. The 24 measures of music are broken up into three parts. Eight hours for working; eight hours for maintaining relationships, and taking care of ourselves; and for our health, hopefully there are eight measures every night that contain whole rests.
The Conductor’s left arm often gives directions as to how the music should unfold. In a split second the music can go from accelerando and forte to pastoral and pianissimo. By keeping the Conductor in our peripheral vision, the flow of music is like a flock of birds flying in sync together as one.
When I was in grade 8, a harpist came to my school. After listening to her, I told my dad I wanted to play harp. His reply was “there’s a harp in the piano, so go practice your piano.” After I was married, my in-laws took my husband Rob and I to hear the London Symphonic Orchestra and on the stage sat a beautiful harp. I sat through the whole concert in anticipation waiting for it to be played, but the harp was silent. Finally right at the end of the concert the harpist started to strum it beautifully, crescendoing to the end.
I am assuming that most of the musicians got paid about the same, but each one had a different score to play. If you didn’t understand how an orchestra worked, you would think the flutist who had to play 32nd notes most of the night was overworked, compared to the few bars of the harpist, but each person was important and needed. It’s like a massive jigsaw puzzle and everyone’s piece fit to make the whole picture.
So with the instrument we have been entrusted with, it is important that we play it appassionato (passionately) with gaudioso (joy). Even when we don’t know what is in on the next page of our score, we know His mercies are new every morning and if we keep our eyes on Him, “The Great Conductor,” He will direct our steps.