So this past Saturday, Rachel, as a member of “The Thundering Herd” performed an exhibition at a high school marching band competition for the first time in Charleston, AR. If you are not familiar with where Charleston is, it is about 20 miles due south of Mulberry, AR.
Rachel has marched in high school band competitions before. And she has been a part of a high school marching band exhibition (when Siloam Springs High School hosts their band competition, SSHS band performs as an exhibition).
This was a little different, though. Essentially “The Thundering Herd” arrived in Charleston (they even had to put on their uniforms on while on the bus as it was moving on I-40...that’s another story altogether I’m told), marched, then got back on the bus and returned to Searcy.
Rachel texted her mom, “We drove 4 hours to do an 8 minute show, then drove 4 hours back.”* Remember, these are college students and this was a Saturday.
Do you ever feel like that? You endure so much and work so hard to get to where you’re going. And then, after a short time, you turn around and return back to where you were.
It can get a little discouraging and even frustrating at times. We may even begin to wonder if it was even worth the effort we had to put forth. We did so much and got so little in return. So, we inevitably ask, “Was it really worth it?”
Well, “The Thundering Herd” got to listen to the “OOOHHHS” and “AHHHS” of some high school bands in awe of the college band that came so far to perform for them. And Rachel got to spend 8 hours on a bus last Saturday with band friends making memories that will last a long, long time.
So I guess it really all depends on your perspective. Driving 8 hours for an 8 minute performance may sound like a Saturday wasted (what were these college students going to do otherwise, study?).
But when you take the time to think, not just about the 8 minute program but the 8 hours of relationship building...suddenly it doesn’t sound so bad.
So when you’re enduring the long, arduous drive for short, but meaningful event remember that God does have a plan and purpose for you...so enjoy the ride!
*editor's note: it was actually only three hours each way, but you get the point.