By Doug Snyder
…the morning stars sang together… Job 38:7
Last night I attended a magnificent concert. Listening to the beautiful music the band played, I closed my eyes and had an iMax size thought. I imagined all Creation as one great orchestra - a conglomerate of people, plants, animals, seas, trees, planets and stars - all making celestial music, conducted by the Creator Himself.
Last night’s band concert was not the first I have imagined such an ingathering of musicians. Sometimes, in the middle of nothing particular, a melody springs forth in my heart. At the same time, in my mind’s eye, I see into another realm, like I’ve just been given a glimpse inside heaven.
In past visions each human musician’s instrument was like no other. It was made of, or formed out of, the actual events of their existence - activities of work and play, intimate and unfamiliar relationships, words whispered and woven, gracious attitudes and altruistic motivations. Each unique instrument, or life story as it were, has a distinctive sound, melody or harmony, adding to Creation’s symphonic movement.
Last night, however, something changed. I saw a different perspective.
God was still conducting. But this time I saw all human musicians not as mortal but eternal beings. Impressed on my heart was this - some eternal beings were believers, in their eternal position. Other eternal beings were angels. Both reading the music of eternity’s score.
And I gave consideration to the idea that each day, as a new creation in Christ, I’m playing an eternal song with my life. Furthermore, I am part of a heavenly orchestra. What score am I reading from and playing? What melody will I make today with my words, activities, attitudes, relationships that will reverberate for all creation to hear?
cf. Ephesians 2:6,10; 2 Corinthians 5:17