Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Not too long ago, well, about 35 years ago, I began the journey… Danville, Illinois was the place where I crossed the starting line. I was five.
At age five, I found myself (pictured above, front row, first on the right, yellow frilly dress) in a children’s choir. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love music, singing, or being a part of a choir. Even then I sat in the choir loft while my dad conducted rehearsals for the youth choir or the adult choir. My place was in the alto section – always trying to fit into the harmonies.
I can’t remember what we are singing in this photo; possibly “I’ll be a Sunbeam for Jesus.” (And, even tho’ she says she doesn’t remember it, I think that’s my mom directing us. I’d know the back of that head, or that red blazer anywhere… )
Over the next few weeks I’ll be preparing to work with the children’s choir at my church. Just the thought of it makes me smile, those sweet faces, their tender hearts and sometimes squeaky voices. I can’t wait to get started.
Back then something was begun in me – a love for God and the fellowship of worshiping Him, voices united with others in singing. It is unlike anything else. The bonds that are formed when our hearts join together this way is unusual; bonds with fellow believers, and a stronger love for our Savior. What He began so long ago, He is still working in me – it is a big part of who I am and He is still making me into the worshiper He’s called me to be.
If I had time or a scanner, I could show you photos from all along this musical journey, how He’s shaped me and molded my talents to be this very specific musician-worshiper-pianist-singer-violinist-conductor – all a part of His design. I’m grateful for this calling that He is fulfilling in my heart and life. I’m thankful, too, that I get to see the children in my choir cross their starting line, believing this Scripture for them too: “that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” May He continue this good work until He returns and we all worship Him for eternity.