One of my favorite shows is “Inspector Lewis” produced by Masterpiece Mystery!, shown on PBS Sunday nights.
In a recent episode, Dr. Laura Hobbs, while practicing her clarinet before proceeding to the orchestra pit, was asked by Inspector Lewis as to the difference between practicing and rehearsing. She responded, “I practice alone. Together we rehearse.”
I couldn’t find my trusted BIC pen fast enough. Her response resonated on many levels, but especially so when it came to our walk in Christ. Same words, different scenery.
While we as Christ followers are a family, is it not our individual lives which lay the foundation for the community of Christ to build upon? Making wise decisions when no one else is watching, loving the unlovely, and studying the Word for ourselves are just a few ways I imagine practicing to be.
But when we all come together in both worship and deed? It truly is a grand rehearsal–a fleeting glance, if you will–for what is to come:
rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
Revelation 19: 6,7