The Grand Mirage

I've been thinking about what makes playing in church different from playing gigs, concerts, and other shows.

I'm realizing that throughout my career - whether it was playing in front of 30,000 people at The Super Dome, performing live on the radio or television, or recording with an International Pop Star - the end result is always the same. You leave realizing that it was just a gig, performance, or recording session: that's all. Yet, like a “Grand Mirage” time and time again, I'm led into these opportunities with expectations of something bigger and greater; and just like a mirage, they end up not being what they appeared to be.

Not so with playing at church. When I play at church, the end result is always bigger and greater than I can even fathom because the result has nothing to do with me or something I've done, but has everything to with Jesus and what He did. No guitar solo, no matter how well played it might be, could ever improve the beautiful song that is His grace for me. He doesn't need me, but He invites me into His band and I get to participate in showing the world not just another mirage that leads to emptiness but to a hope and a love that is as big as the hands that made the heavens and the earth.

Like David, I often think, “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4 NIV) Who am I that He would allow me or even call me to be in His band? Who am I? I'm His! Hallelujah!

Now it's time to print charts and learn this week’s prelude!

In His Band,

Charlie