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As music is defined as: sound in time, our lives are defined as events in time. We are born, we meet friends, we realize who God is, we get married, we have jobs, add in a couple of kids, some ups and downs, and then we die. Each life has a beginning, various movements, crescendos and decrescendos and a coda.
Listen: ‘Chicago’ Sufjan Stevens
The tempo or speed of a song is set by the instructional Italian words written on a piece of sheet music. Adagio denotes a slower, more flowing performance. Allegro encourages a fast and peppy pace.
God alone knows the speed of the account of creation recorded in the Bible. There weren’t eyewitnesses to see if it took seven, twenty-four hour periods, or if it took seven large periods of time. I believe that the intention of the writer, Moses, was to convey that God’s rhythm had created something. The point is that he set the tempo, and accomplished the task. It was done according to his tempo. In His perfect combination of rhythm and timing, His music happened. The spaces between the days were for our benefit to understand what he had done. The same idea of tempo applies to each of our lives as well. God can accomplish an inordinate amount of work in a very short span of time in a person’s life when they live by his rhythm and tempo, instead of their own. As the conductor, God directs the scores of our lives in his timing.
NT Wright believes that being the composer of life is a key role God plays. As the composer, he actively directs the events in the order that they are to appear, and the timing in which they are to be carried out. God’s hands pulled into being the rhythm and the tempo with which we would take in our own first breath at birth. Had this order and timing not been created, our existence would have been a formless chaos without a beginning or an end, and completely purposeless.
There have been moments for each of us where we’ve wished for time to speed up or to slow down. No matter how we try, though, we can’t stop the song that God has started. We are part of his music through the events that happen because his extraordinary will is colliding with our existence.
God is the God of not only heaven and earth, but of time as well. The songs of our lives will only become more artistically deep as we include God’s timing in place of our own schedule. This is what makes the lives we lead remarkable. Living the events of our lives by God’s rhythm and tempo is a strange and beautiful music. Strange to some, ultimately beautiful to Him.
Zarns, Phil (2011-12-28). The Soundtrack of Your Life (Kindle Locations 160-179). Kindle Edition.
The Soundtrack of Your Life is available on Amazon.com in paperback and kindle ebook.