A Lesson From a Stringed Quartet

Last night a friend and I went to a concert featuring a stringed quartet.

The event took place at a local music venue known for its great acoustics. The musicians had extraordinary talent. The five (the quartet and their piano accompaniment) played together beautifully.

As I sat in the audience with goosebumps running up my arm, I began to notice that not only was I enjoying the piece in its entirety, but I was also enjoying each instrument individually. Each player was playing their written part, a part of the piece that was uniquely composed just for their instrument.

I focused in on the violin line, trying my best to tune everything else out. On its own, it sounded choppy and boring. As a person with a [very] brief viola history, I imagined myself being told to practice and perform such a part. I would have been frustrated. I would have felt I was a better player than that (In reality, I wasn’t. But for the sake of making a point, work with me…) . I would have wanted the solo part.

Welcome to real life. Often, we are assigned to play the boring parts of the song. We grumble and groan when we have to practice something we deem less important (and ultimately unfun…). We often aren’t happy when we are getting less than what we think we deserve.

Last night, as I focused in on the sound of the violin (and then the viola, cello, contrabass, and piano), I was gently brought back to the song’s entirety. While each part was often boring on its own, when played in sync with the instruments, it was apart of something much bigger. Something much more beautiful that could have ever been created alone. The song, in fact, would have felt lacking if one of the instruments’ parts had ceased to be played.

We are often self-focused. We live in a culture that is always asking the question, “What’s in it for me?” Instead of defaulting to our culture’s question, we need to be asking ourselves, “What is God asking of me?” “What part is He asking me to play?” “How does my part fit into the bigger picture?”

God is the ultimate composer. Our lives play a vital part in the opus He has written. Our parts were written just for us. When played on their own, we may think them to be unimportant, boring or even ugly.

But the fact is, they weren’t meant to be played alone.

God created us for community. He created us to do life together. You and I were each given different instruments and different parts of the ultimate opus to play in. We were given the music, it’s our job to play well the parts written for us.

Know God only creates beautiful things. Know that He creates them intentionally. When you are in a place in your life where you feel like you have been forgotten, or maybe just given the leftovers, ask God to reveal to you what He has for you. Ask God for a soundbite of the opus you are apart of. It’ll blow your mind.

2 thoughts on “A Lesson From a Stringed Quartet

  1. Pingback: Playing Your Part Makes It All Sound Great | Pastor Joe Hite

  2. I love this! It reminds me that God has a plan for me and I just need to do my part and be obedient. and trust Him to put it all together.

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