I saw him and wondered what he was doing. He was following the camera man. While most people were watching the band, my eyes caught this little drama in front of the stage. The man with the camera kept crossing back and forth while capturing images that were projected on the the screens above for the people in the crowd.
It took me a few minutes to realize what the mystery man was doing. As I watched this little dance progress, I realized that he was picking up the cable and rolling it so that the camera man could do his job. I chuckled to myself. I thought how nice it would be to have someone following me around to pick up the slack.
It wasn’t until I heard David Kim speak that I began to think about what I had seen in a different light. Kim, the choirmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, wooed us with his virtuoso performance on the violin. Then he shared his story from the stage. He said his mother had ordained his life path even before he was born.
“My mother told everyone that I was going to be a great violinist,” he said. At age three, David received his first violin. At age eight he was studying at Juilliard School of Music under the guidance of Dorothy DeLay. When asked about his gift, he simply stated, “My gift came from God. Without him, I could do nothing.”
The mystery man came back to mind at that moment. It was his quiet, behind the scenes work, that allowed the cameraman to do what he did. With flawless effort, he capture the action on stage so that those of us in the “nose bleed sections” could enjoy the program. He had a gift, but it was the man walking behind him that gave it life.
The truth is that God created each of us and endowed us with gifts that bring light and beauty to life. Everyone has something to offer the world. Some are famous violinists and others.... are like you and me. We may not see our own giftedness, but God does. He has plans for us. He send us out into the world to project his truth, love and grace.
When he sends us he also gives us a promise: “I will be with you.” Like the mystery man I saw, God stands behind us equipping us to serve him. Like the proud parent, he already knows that we will make our mark on the people around us. All we have to do is accept the calling he has given us.
And finally remember the words of the apostle Paul in Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” So go ahead and give God the glory by sharing that gift, that passion, the unique ministry that God has put on your heart.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.