but without my camera. sigh
Last night I was definitely in the right place at the right time.
Wow! What a wonderful evening! The Nashville Praise Symphony was fantastic! Our Hilldale Baptist Church choir was in full force and sang WONDERFULLY!
Chasing a rabbit - we need a fancier name for our choir. Perhaps I'll put a poll up over there on the left. Yes... that's what I'll do.
So, back to the point.
I had a blast last night. Playing in the orchestra was so much fun! I haven't had the opportunity to play in an orchestra in a very long time. Even though I was sight-reading most of the notes (I did look at the music one day, but did not get to spend much time with it) I didn't play any unwritten solos and only had to skip over a few really fast notes.
Then, having the privilege of directing that fine orchestra and our unnamed adult choir, that was just THE BEST!
We often use the phrase "in the right place at the right time" to talk about some one's lucky happenstance and fortune coming their way unexpectedly. But I've found through the years that being in the right place at the right time usually isn't a chance thing. People who are in "the right place at the right time" have usually studied, practiced, worked hard and have ended up at the right place at the right time because they planned on getting there. Keeping with our rabbit theme - you don't get there with chance or with a lucky rabbit's foot. (Who made that rabbit foot thing up anyway??)
Last night's event wasn't by chance. The orchestra rehearsed on more than one occasion before last night and individually the players have spent many, many hours learning to be the best at their instrument. I didn't learn how to direct a choir and an orchestra one afternoon when I didn't have anything else to do. I went to school and studied and learned the instruments and have been doing that for many years. The choir rehearsed our songs (good thing we knew them since the words messed up) and sang well because we have spent time together singing.
And most importantly - God honored our efforts and our rehearsing and practice and planning and prayers and blessed us with His Spirit singing and playing and moving through us and we shared a wonderful evening of beautiful music and a great time of worship.
All of that to say.
Don't wait around life hoping that some day you're going to end up "at the right place at the right time." By the way - I'm not just talking about music here. This applies to EVERYTHING in life.
Don't be a victim of circumstances. DO something grand!