God composes symphonies from the choices we make in our lives. Symphonies hold rich complexities, layering different instruments’ resonances one on top of another until the sum of the parts becomes more than the whole. They heterodyne. Compositions take time, patience, tremendous work and concentration, and perseverance.
Do not be discouraged that your life does not look like the final product yet. Consistently walking through the dark places with faith in the goodness of the final outcome yields the path of ultimate beauty.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” ~ Zechariah 4:10, NLT
“Becoming” is harder than it seems. We need the dark tones to highlight the bright ones, but also to create new colors we have not yet seen. Recently, I heard a man named Eric Greitens speak about his experiences in the military and how they related to all of life. He has written a book I plan to read: The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage. Even though it was targeted for a male audience, I believe it holds merit for everyone. He said, “Every time you move through pain to achieve a higher purpose, you develop your character.” We need to allow the things of this life to sand and mold us into people God can use to reach out to others.
Keep resetting your priorities with the Lord every day. Don’t live on snacks of God’s presence and His Word when you need to be eating large meals. It’s the only way to truly work His character into your soul to produce His music and color. It’s the only way to make those dark times count, when nothing seems to make sense and God seems far away. Embrace suffering as a part of life for the beauty and growth that result from it. Every great artist, songwriter, composer, author, scientist, and engineer produces their best creative work out of the pain in their lives. It is the same in our walk with God.
Jesus meets us where we are to bring us into a place where we will reign with Him in glory. At that point in time, we will perceive the beauty in the story, how all the colors of the music in our lives make His symphony unforgettable and experience His ultimate joy. Appreciate where God has planted you, with your inimitable constellation of gifts. Grow. Create. It’s what He made you for.
~ Denise Chambellan