It was a high school concert band but there was a few rather accomplished musicians among us so the music was not completely horrid. I sat third of fourth chair in the sax section by grace mostly. At this point I was not in diligent practice but I enjoyed being there because of the music.
I think the piece was the Pilgrims Chorus by Tannhauser. There is a crescendo toward the end that when everyone was playing correctly sounded incredible. So incredible I found myself not playing so I could concentrate on listening to it. A decision that would get me called out from time to time. “Sheff you have to play young man. Your part is missing if you do not.”
The job of a conductor is incredibly exciting when you see things come together. Teaching each section to learn their portion. Meticulously listening to the tone, the intonation. Making sure every staccato is just like it should be. And every slur melodiously sends sounds soaring. Keeping the pace. Slowing the tempo. Crescendos; diminuendo. Everything in its proper place and time. Until all the little parts become one whole finished work, one masterpiece created in notes planned beforehand.
I think we find portions of the work at hand now all culminating one day when time will be no more and the whole work will come together. I think this is why in our corporate worship on Sundays I enjoy listing to the doxology because I envision there will be a day when the entire multitude will know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit the only response will be a corporate “Amen.” The Grand Conductor has orchestrated a piece of work so beautiful that its hard not to stop to enjoy the sound.
When in those tumultuous moments of life where it feels like He has changed up the rhythm on you. Or there are abrupt (key) changes to your life. Or he inserts a 16-bar rest into your life when the previous section settled your soul let me remind you to keep playing. All of this is part of the finished work, it is just difficult to make the connections. But that should make sense since we are not the Grand Conductor are we?
Be encouraged. You are part of the music and your part is missing if you do not play.