September 2018 Spire
From the Pastor’s Desk:
I brought my 10 year old son to a recent music theatre performance that I was playing drums for. He dressed in “theatre black” as I did, and sat quietly and still for the first act of the show. The auditorium had 1,300 seats, a large stage and a sunken orchestra pit, big enough to seat 40 musicians. During the intermission, the conductor asked us if Ian would like to be next to him for the second act. The conductor was impressed with Ian’s patience and demeanor.
I couldn’t help but smile during the rest of the show, because every time I looked at the conductor for a cue or a tempo or was simply following along, there was my boy, standing next to the conductor’s right hand.
But Ian’s perspective was totally changed. He went from being among the hidden music performers, to having the best view in the house! For the rest of the play, he saw and heard the actors, musicians and production crew all respond to the conductor. He saw firsthand the perspective of the only one who saw and heard everything. He observed how the actors and musician responded to direction and cues. He heard the gentle comments or rebukes when corrections were needed.
There have been many times in my life when I have wanted a similar place, sitting alongside God. I’ve wished to see the world as God sees it, even wished to be knowing more than I ought to. But honestly, those wishes were for selfish reasons. Wanting to know, not necessarily help. Wanting to see, but not necessarily act. Wanting to be viewed up on high, but without the duties or rights.
Fortunately, God has already chosen Jesus to be at his right hand.
A reminder from Hebrews 12:1-2:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
While I would love to see as God does, I am assigned to see only how he moves, respond to how he directs me, and offer continued, honest lament and praise to him. I am grateful that I do not have the responsibility that accompanies the perspective that Jesus shares.
I love you all, Pastor Aaron