Sunday, May 6, 2012

Overheard backstage

... "most of life is just showing up on time."

Right after our performance of Elijah, I overheard a horn player saying this to a trombonist. They were joking about the fact that they had a lot of rests ad most of the work for them is not spacing out.

I've definitely heard this saying before, mostly applied to the arts and being on time to various commitments.

But it can also be applied to most of life.

Most of life is being in the right place at the right time.

You're in the right place in the right time and you read about violin lessons from a brochure. You go on to become one of the most successful violin soloists (Hilary Hahn).

You're in the right place in the right time and you happen to miss getting killed by falling bunks or light fixtures.

Trying to be on time to things can me stressful. Catching flights, going to rehearsals, catching the light rail... All these things are important to be on time to.

Sometimes it's tempting to wonder,
"have I missed being on time to something, like a major life event?"

Meeting that special guy and falling in love, getting that job...

Sometimes it's easy to think, "when is it my turn? Have I missed it?"

Even though I'm 20(though I turn 21 tomorrow!), I still feel this way sometimes.

But then I am gently reminded that:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)

Not just "most things", not just "thugs open to certain people for a time, then the rest of you are outta luck", but everything. For everything there is a time.

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:5 ESV)

So I don't have to do anything. Thank goodness, because His plans are better than mine.

My job is to be on time to whatever He calls me to by living in the present, in His grace.

So yes, most of life is being in the right place in the right time.


  1. Dear Yvonne, thank you for sharing this! It has been a particularly hard day, and this is just what I needed to hear.

    Early happy 21st birthday! May you be surrounded by family, friends, delicious food, and beautiful music!

    - Avi