Do you remember the first time the band got together?
How those first few chords didn’t sound quite right? When the rhythms felt a little off?
The first time we play together, we musicians have to listen and adapt to each others styles. We learn specific cues, work out timing, and perfect our harmonies. In short, we need to understand each other.
It can take weeks, months, even years of playing together before everything clicks. But when it does, it’s a great feeling.
The sense of knowing how someone will respond before they play the note. The musical conversation between instruments. The rhythmic oneness.
A musical group has to give time and attention to each other in order to develop that sense of togetherness.
Is a relationship with God really any different?
Sometimes living out our faith can feel like the first rehearsal. We used to play things one way, but we quickly realize the way we did things earlier won’t work. There’s a new leader of the band.
The solution? More time in rehearsal .
If you feel out of tune spiritually, do the same thing in your devotional life that you would do in your band or ensemble. Sit down. Listen. Ask questions. Listen again. Get to know His way of doing things.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. – James 1:5 (The Message)
As we spend more time with Him, consistently listening and responding, we begin to stay in sync.
We find He rarely shouts out changes to the music during the performance. We learn to watch His hand.
Over time, the relationship deepens. While the notes may change, trust keeps us locked in to the tune.
Those first awkward notes can grow into a beautiful, continuous conversation with the Creator.
It’s only a matter of time.