Something I found most interesting was when Mr. Hodge (the head band director) took the audience - which included family members and friends of all of Siloam Springs School bands, 6th grade through high school, through part of one of the high school band’s rehearsals.
He told the band to get in set 18 and they would run through set 26 (or something like that). They did it and it was great! After a couple of similar demonstrations they ran their whole show...and it was awesome (this was only the second time I’ve seen it).
Mr. Hodge also pointed out that each individual band member was responsible for knowing where they are supposed to be on the field for each set and the path to take to arrive at the exact spot on the field at the exact right time, all while playing an instrument and keeping perfect time as they march...which is a lot different than just walking.
If you have not seen the band perform this year, I highly recommend you make plans to attend the final home football game of the season on November 4...you will not be disappointed! (FYI it is also Senior night for fall sports and band and a few of
our youth group will be recognized...so that’s another reason to attend.)
If just one member of the band is out of step or forgets where they are supposed to be or is off by just a fraction of a step...disaster could result.
So what does that have to do with you? In Ephesians 4:7, Paul tells us, “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
In other words, God has given all of us a “set” that we are supposed to be in and it is our responsibility to see to it that we are where we are supposed to be at exactly the right time. We are accountable. If we are out of step, disaster could result.
In the band, if someone is out of step, they band will lose points (if in a contest) or the “one” (or someone else who was in step, but was knocked out of step by them) could take a tuba upside the skull! Pretty bad stuff!
Spiritually speaking, if you are not doing what God calls you to do when He calls you to do it, the result can be far more costly: a soul could be lost forever!