My son loves music.
Whether he’s singing in the car, playing the guitar on the sofa, playing the drums in the band at school or praise team at church… he loves it. Percussion is his main love. Quints, snare, trash cans, bells, triangle, box drum, tympani, countertops, his legs, dashboard in the car. If you can beat it, he’s probably played it.
At Easter, our church had a wonderful musical. Luke’s part included several different percussion instruments. I asked him if it was difficult being responsible for more than one instrument. I have always imagined that tuning the tympani -sometimes mid production-would be difficult. So, I asked him if this was the most important instrument he would be responsible for. After all, it can be heard over the other instruments. And seen. And if he tuned them wrong, well that wouldn’t be good.
His reply was….nope, probably the triangle.
“Why? Does it play a lot?” I asked.
No, actually only a few times. In 50 pages of music.
Really? Well that seems like it would be the most insignificant part. I mean who would really even notice if you missed it?!
He explained what our Music Minister had told him. You can, perhaps, miss some of the other parts or even ad lib on the other drums, but you MUST get the triangle right! It may only play in a few little spots but it’s important. Imperative, actually. No other instrument would fit in it’s place. And if you don’t play it, the emptiness will be evident. However, if you play it in just the right spot, it absolutely completes the piece of music. Nothing else sounds like it.
I’ve thought about that.
In the “musical” of life, I tend to want to play an instrument that seems important! One that can be seen and heard! One that has a big part! One that carries the weight.
But y’all, I am beginning to see the significance in the seemingly insignificant instruments.
First of all, there’s nothing more beautiful than a large orchestra/band performance! The collaboration of sound is beautiful. Far more beautiful, in my opinion, than just one instrument playing alone.
And aren’t we the same way? Alone, we sure can feel insignificant. Small. Unheard. And unnecessary. But joined with other ‘musicians’ (believers), we become a vital part of something beautiful!
Once we figure out what ‘instrument’ we are called to play in life’s orchestra and we believe that no part or instrument is insignificant in the body of believers, our music will be amazingly beautiful. We will be able to produce a sound that is unmistakeable to the world!
Each instrument is needed. Each part is important. Vital to the sound as a whole.
No one can replace you. No one can fill your spot.
As I watched my son perform that day, I saw his concentration. I saw him watch and count and keep up….and just at the right moment I saw him lift up that triangle….and ding.
He was right. It was the perfect sound in the perfect spot.
Today, let’s don’t look to our right or our left. Let’s don’t look at how big a part our neighbor has. Let’s don’t be envious of the instrument next to us. Let’s ask God to help us understand the significance that He has placed on our part in the music.
It may not be loud. It may not be big. It may not even play a lot. But it is critical to the essence of the overall story.
Your part is significant.
Even if—especially if—you are the triangle!