Lately I’ve been struggling when it comes to leading worship in our church.
My dad (aka the Pastor) reminded me last week that it is my responsibility to lead the choir and the musicians. When I’m struggling to know the music or the songs, everyone else struggles too. It’s my job to be prepared.
I took his advice and spent extra time practicing with the musicians for worship this week. The choir music was selected well ahead of time and I felt more prepared going into today’s service than I have in forever.
Then nothing went as planned.
I felt helpless in front of our congregation. I literally wanted to do 1 of 2 things –
#1 – start over
#2 – just go sit down and quit
Far from a mindset of actually worshiping – I was caught up in surviving the songs and a sound system that wasn’t functioning as intended.
Then, I remembered the words we read in Sunday School – right before things fell apart for me in worship.
7-8 Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.
9 Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner.
10-11 Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.
12 And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you. James 5:7-12 MSG
Stay steady and strong.
Don’t complain about each other (even the people running the sound board, HA!).
Stay the course.
God brought it all together for him at the end.
Don’t show your impatience.
There are countless examples throughout the Bible of people living lives that didn’t go as planned.
Job. Noah. David. Mary.
They all had stories – stories of pain and struggle.
Job lost it all and had terrible friends who did no good coming to visit and cheer him up!
Noah was viewed as a crazy man who was building a boat in a place that hadn’t seen rain in YEARS.
David was God’s chosen and anointed King. He watched a lady taking a bath (Bathsheba – she be taking a bath, hahah) and then had her husband killed while he was away at war. Talk about things not going as planned!!
Mary got pregnant before she was married, had a baby in a barn and then watched him die on a cruel cross long before His life should have ended.
God had a purpose for everything they went through. They stayed the course. They didn’t give up. And God delivered.
Just like He delivers for you and me still today.
When things don’t turn out like we’ve planned – we can complain, pout and give up.
Or, we can ask God to direct us in whatever His plan may be, even when we can’t quite see the path ahead.
And as for me and my music struggles, I’m learning other ways I can be fully prepared to lead our church in worship. Even when I’m falling apart, God is still faithful to show up in the midst of our worship and touches lives. That’s His job anyways, right? Right!
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