So Worth It

It’s the rehearsal before dress rehearsal for the Christmas Concert, and the concert master stands to tune the symphony. She nods to the oboist who plays that long A—woodwinds, brass, and strings follow.

For me, it’s then, even before the conductor lifts his baton, that all those long October and November Sunday afternoon practices are worth it. Just to get to that point where we leave the chorus sectional rehearsals behind and join the symphony makes me glad I made the time to show up when there were so many other things pulling at me.

Perseverance can be challenging when the objective seems distant, but oh, how glad we are when we finally arrive at our goal.

In a much greater way, it’s important to remember the instruction Paul wrote to the Hebrews, “. . . 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 . . . “ And also Paul’s words to the Corinthians, “’What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—" (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

When we arrive at our final destination, it’s going to be worth it. No matter what’s happening right now, those sufferings are “not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

A song we sometimes sing at our church includes this chorus, “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

Arriving in heaven will be an occasion we have spent a lifetime preparing for, and when that heavenly symphony begins to play there will be some raucous carrying on—at least on my part.

Hope to see you there!!

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