An Orchestrated Life
The lights go down and the orchestra begins to play together. It is rehearsed and ready to perform. I truly enjoy going to an orchestrated performance and listening to a harmonious group of musicians.
I find in my every day-to-day life, the Lord is orchestrating my life and all that surrounds me.
I decided to go to a local store in my town to pick up a few items at a very reduced price. It’s a new grocery store that has opened. My plan was to dash in and get going to accomplish all the other things on my list. Did I say “dash in”?
The orchestra of my life begins.
I gathered my items and headed to the checkout. I got in the long line of people. I looked around and every line was out the door! So, I was in one line and then I decided to switch to another line. I pulled up behind a couple whose small child was in a plastic wagon that they were using to pull him around the store.
When you stand in a line for a long time, conversation is going to happen.
I looked down at the young boy in the wagon and remarked to him, “What a fun ride you are having!” His mom began to tell me that he could not walk because he has had multiple surgeries in the last six months. Looking closer, I could see his hands and body had some special needs. I came to find out that this mom and her son had been in Florida (away from home) for some time, but they were home for a short while. As this mom continued to share with me, I began to empathize with her, remembering that 16 years ago the Lord allowed me to go through that whole hospitalized child scene when my son had brain surgery – orchestration of my life. There I stood, not an accident, knowing how this mother felt and knowing how I should pray for her.
I asked the boy’s name, Drew, and the mother’s name. I pulled a piece of paper out of my purse and wrote their names down and told the mother I would commit to pray for them. I began talking with Drew and found out that he is about five years old.
I noticed he had an action figure toy in his arms and I admired it with him. He kept saying it was the last one. His father remarked, “Yes, Drew, it was the last one on the shelf – just for you.” Oh, how my heart rejoices at the orchestration of little things in our lives. That toy was there for Drew, to encourage his little heart.
Sometimes we forget about all those seemingly little things that are orchestrated in our lives, that are put together to bring harmonious music to our souls – a symphony of grace, love, mercy, kindness, and longsuffering from our Savior. Psalm 103:1 &4 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” Psalm 92:2 says, “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.”
Stop, listen, and look because you do not want to miss the orchestration going on around you. “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” (Psalm 63:3)
I started to leave the grocery store and Drew’s mom walked over to me and simply said, “Thank you.”
I thank you, Lord, for allowing me, because of your orchestration in my life, to encourage this woman.
I put away my groceries, and I sat down in a chair and began to pray for Drew and his mom. This is the crescendo of my orchestrated life.