“Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” Romans 3:28
During my junior and senior years at Nevada High School, I proudly wore the uniform of the drum major, carried the four-foot long baton, and blew a whistle that commanded the band into action. I ran the parade (at least the band’s portion). It felt good to blow the whistle and know that the band would respond to the various sounds. I could start, stop, and put the band at parade rest by different tweets. With the baton I kept the band playing at the same tempo, and could direct a turn, slow the marching pace. What a feeling of being in control!
What most folks didn’t know is that I got to be the drum major for three reasons: I played the baritone saxophone, which was too cumbersome to march with, I fit into the drum major uniform, and I was tall enough for everyone to see! It had nothing to do with being chosen by God.
After reading the words in The Message from Romans 3:28, I understand what it means to be in step with God. Instead of taking hours of practicing on a football field or on the streets of Nevada, Iowa, it takes meditating and learning to get into pace with the Holy Spirit.
Lord and Pacesetter, help me remember that I am no longer a drum major and just one of the members of your band. Amen