In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
#1 God is not just directing you.
Solos are different from symphonies.
God is conducting a symphony, but we pray like we’re the only one on stage.
God is directing in the light of everyone else around us.
#2 The most beautiful music is never the easiest to play.
God is playing a song with time changes, and we are looking for a constant 4/4 on the floor. We get upset when our time signature gets disrupted.
God is the conductor - he sets the timing. If you take your eyes off the conductor when the time signature changes, you are going to miss it.
The conductor has always studied the music more than everyone else. The conductor’s job is to lead - the musician’s job is to follow.
If we get lost, we just need to put our eyes back on the conductor.
#3 God is the master of the crescendo.
The crescendo is the most exciting part of the song. God is organizing crescendos in our lives all the time.
When God brings a crescendo into our life, we need to say yes. The conductor never says yes for us - we have to choose to play the instrument.
Easiest way to get back in time is to watch the conductor - Turn your eyes on Jesus.
When life is challenging or painful, why is it easy to forget we’re part of a symphony, not playing a solo? What are ways you take the focus off yourself?
What is our first reaction when the time signature suddenly changes and it’s no longer predictable?
When we feel like we’ve gotten lost, how can get our eyes back on the conductor?
How can we view the most difficult part of a challenge as a crescendo and not a disaster?