Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,these were all trying, tiring days every day with its own troubles and every one bringing something to worry about for the next day. Most of the beautiful, new stones for the War Memorial were delivered and loads of old, unsightly rubble taken away. There are giant bags of building materials waiting to be used; all system go until the rain arrived and the bride for her Saturday Wedding, and along with the Bride the photographers, so how do you hide a major work like the restoration of a War Memorial?
If, by any chance, you have ever worked backstage in a theatre, working the magic with ropes, pulleys, costume changes and scenery shifting, then you have a fair idea of what last week was all about.
For the most part, that is what being a disciple of Christ is about. It is n’t about being centre-stage delivering the great lines on cue, singing the soaring soprano solo or the profound bass one, conducting the orchestra; no its backstage work, hard and unseen, it is about giving The Lord who we are, what we have, where we are.
“What can we do to hasten the time, the time that will surely be, when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” These are words from and old hymn by A.C. Ainger.
So often it is, that we believe that the preacher, the speaker, the singer, the musician, the worship leaders are the ones who glorify The Lord – that it is those who are centre-stage who honour him.
Perhaps we are wrong.
We cannot all be speakers, singers, musicians, we cannot all be leaders, we cannot all produce beautiful works of art, poetry or eloquent prose; but whoever we are, The Lord does require something of us:
“What does the LORD require of you?”
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
(Micah 6 v8)
Backstage, I have learned to do the best that I can, smile, and leave room for grace. I have also learnt this, if the stage hands, the bit-part players in our churches are not doing these three things, if the preachers, pastors and priests are not doing them; then God is not being honoured and it may yet be sometime before the earth is filled with His Glory as the waters cover the sea.
May The Lord bless your days and assist you with his grace.