I have this great opportunity that allows me to get paid for singing in church.
A member of the congregation at the First Presbyterian Church in my college town donated a grant to the choir program for college students to get paid for singing in the choir. I love singing and I love church (and of course wouldn’t mind being paid!) so this is an ideal opportunity for me. Every Sunday I go to the Presbyterian Church at 8:30am for choir practice.
I really enjoy singing in the choir. It’s a small and informal practice every week. Most of the other choir members are retirement aged members of the congregation, except for one or two other college students. Everyone is extremely friendly and I think the typical conversation in the room is quaint and polite. The music is lovely too. I like to be kept on my toes by sight reading music once a week.
However, I didn’t grow up in a Presbyterian church. I’ve found them to be a bit more traditional than I’m used to. At the same time, I am missing all three services at the church I prefer to attend. When the service seems to drag on, I think to myself this:
The God of Hillside Church is the God of the First Presbyterian Church too.
In more applicable terms: God is present everywhere. Where you are now, and wherever it is you want to be.
I would be will willing to bet that everyone has wanted to be somewhere else at some point in their life. Maybe you have wished that God would have placed you in a more exciting line of work. Or perhaps you wish you were in a slower pace of life. Maybe you have been in a place where you don’t feel appreciated. Human beings are pretty good at finding fault with what we have.
I have a lot of friends who are literally all over the world. They are pursuing the desire that God has placed in their hearts to know Him and his people more. It really seems like they are “out there” doing God’s work. It often seems to me that going to college and getting a degree in theatre is a less glamorous option. It seems like it doesn’t exactly align with the following verse.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20
How often do we let that sink in? God is always with us. When you try something new, and when you fail. When you do something scary or something bad, He is with you. God is with you even when you wish He wasn’t there, and He is most certainly there when you need him most.
It’s hard to comprehend because there is nothing in this world that we can compare to the presence of God. Recently God has been revealing to me some things that are simply head knowledge versus the things I truly believe in my heart. I would say there is a difference between knowing that God is always with you and actually knowing. This is something I am working on making more than just head knowledge- closer to wisdom of the heart.
What I’ve come to realize is that going to college and getting a degree in theatre is going out into the world. God doesn’t make mistakes when He decides what direction your life is going to take. Not everybody is called overseas to experience the vast world God has created, and you are no less of a servant because of the path you’re on. The God of the world is the God of where you are right now.