He started in the wrong key and his music clashed with the others for a few brief notes. I could tell by the subtle grimace and blush on his face that he realized his error. He very quickly adjusted, and the rest of the band literally did not miss a beat. They kept on going and looked to him to join them. A couple of seconds of discord quickly dissolved back into smooth melodies.
It struck me that each person was doing something completely different, yet it all blended together into beautiful songs and a memorable concert. A wide array of vastly unique instruments: guitars, keyboard, drums, percussion, violin, bass guitar, all unified with the vocals into exquisite harmonies that moved the listeners and invited them in. Seven individuals combined their talents to create something larger than any one of them may have accomplished alone.
This entire scenario made me think of the body of Christ. God created each person unique; He never intended for us all to be exactly the same. We are in the analogy of a physical body, made of strikingly different parts, yet all our parts are working together. I think it is crucial for each of us to “play our own instrument”. If any one of us sits out, the music will be missing something. It will be less than the Master Composer intended. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to let your unique voice be heard. Someone needs to hear it. Yes, it requires vulnerability on your part, and you may even be in the wrong key occasionally. That’s okay, though, because only you have your particular sound, and you were created to be part of a masterpiece.
Sarah Riddle, guest blogger