Concerts, like movies or good books or theater, are times when you temporarily forget about yourself, and instead are immersed in something greater and nobler, more wonderful and beautiful than yourself.
And that's precisely why we enjoy them. If they didn't temporarily lift us up to greater concerns and passions than that of our everyday, often self-centered and shallow little obsessions, they haven't really touched us--haven't really done what they were supposed to do.
As with all good and beautiful things--or experiences--this can be a foretaste of what it means to be immersed in God.
Listening to one instrument play, you can hear and feel the scope of its range and abilities, and it seems so rich and complete you can't imagine it being any more so.
One instrument alone sounds so full, so complete--as indeed it is. Ask any musician.
But once the full strains of an orchestra come together you realize it's a whole new dimension of fullness. Something which takes the individual 'fullness' of individual instruments and combines them into one vast, breathtakingly glorious sea of fullness.
Our individual walk with God is a rich and complete experience in itself. It is the foundation and beginning of all real fulfillment and joy we will ever experience in this life--and the one beyond.
Yet we haven't truly plunged the depths of what it means to know and experience God, without the fellowship of God's people.
With our brothers and sisters in Christ, together as the church of God, we'll be able to transcend that individual fullness--which is complete, but yet only the foundation for a greater and more glorious fullness...together.
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