Our Life with God is an Orchestra


A friend told me that he thinks of our lives with God as an orchestra. He reminded me of that moment before the concert when the concertmaster asks the oboist to sound an A. At first there is chaos and noise as all parts of the orchestra try to align themselves with that note. But as each instrument moves closer and closer to it, the noise diminishes and when they all finally sound it together, there is a moment of rest, of homecoming.

That is how it feels to me. We are always tuning in the orchestra of followers of Jesus. Somewhere deep inside there is a sound from God that is ours alone to hear, and we struggle daily to hear it and tune our life to it. Sometimes there are people and situations that help us to hear our note more clearly; other times, people and situations make it harder for us to hear. A lot depends on our commitment to listening and our intention to stay coherent with this note. It is only when our lives are tuned to that note that we can play life's mysterious and holy music without tainting it with our own discordance, our own bitterness, resentment, agenda, and fears. 

Grace and peace,

Anita Sorenson

Pastor for Spiritual Formation