Did you ever experience something and know afterwards that it was going to be a significant moment in your life? I had one of those moments on Thursday. I was in choir rehearsal when they announced to the group that one of our singers, one of my friends, was undergoing tests for cancer. Well, we spent some time praying for him, but things quickly switched back into rehearsal mode. The next two hours passed slowly and every song seemed to be dragging. Everyone seemed to be sick or totally exhausted. Doc obviously could see this and had us all sit down while the orchestra practiced the only song they play without the choir. I hadn’t heard it yet, but it was absolutely gorgeous. It was a song entitled “Song to the King.”
After Doc ran through it once, he said, “Nathan, have you ever conducted a song before?” Nathan said, “I wouldn’t even know where to start.” Doc then said, “Come here. I’ll teach you.” He led him through the normal conducting pattern and let him take the reigns. It was incredible. As soon as Nathan walked forward, I felt tears starting to form. As the music began, my heart was so full. (Not sure what it was full of, but it was definitely full – almost bursting). I cried through the whole song. And I was not the only one. As the song ended, the whole room gave Nathan a standing ovation as he walked back to his place in the choir… Wow.
I’m really not sure what this experience will mean to me in the future, but I do know I’ll never forget it.