A few years ago, my wife and I visited Washington D.C., the seat of the United States government. We went to the Capitol and, standing before the impressive edifice; we took in the beautiful view looking towards the White House and the Washington Memorial.
The quiet was disturbed when about sixty young people trooped up to the famous building. They were carrying what appeared to be musical instrument cases. One by one, they opened the cases, assembled their instruments and began to tune them.
Over here, a girl was practicing scales on a xylophone, over there a boy blowing a trumpet. A set of drums was being put through its paces, and a girl was walking back and forward playing scales on her flute.
With all sixty instruments going and each warming up in its own way, it was like bedlam. When all sixty of them played different scales, at different speeds and volume, a most inharmonious, cacophonous result was produced. It was awful to listen to.
Then, a man appeared in the crowd – the conductor. Suddenly there was silence. All eyes were upon him as he raised his baton. On the downbeat, the whole orchestra began to play in beautiful harmony. What a difference it made when they followed the conductor’s lead. Harmony ensued.
I thought of the world and each individual doing his own thing, and “that which is right in his own eyes” [Judges 21:25]. The result? Disaster and discord. Oh, that men and women would get their eyes on the Great Conductor, the Lord Jesus Christ. He brings a sweet, saving, spiritual harmony when our eyes are upon Him and following His lead.