Last night I, together with my family, traveled to the Hutchinson High School Auditorium to hear Robert Robinson.  Robert is a big man who at five foot six has been blessed with an amazing tenor voice. He is a big name in the Minneapolis Gospel Community and has performed around the world.  He is hailed by many as “God’s Canary.”  I enjoyed the concert very much and would highly recommend one of his concerts to any of my friends.

During the intermission I visited the table he had set up in the back featuring a variety of CD’s.  I looked them over and made my selection.  It was a “self produced” CD called “Eclectic.” It was not a Robert Robinson CD.  It was a CD recorded  by Sam Reeves.  While Roberts name is well know, Sam’s name is not as widely k:nown.  Sam is his current accompanist.  A self taught piano player born in Liberia.

The accompanist can make or break a concert.  While Robert’s voice is wonderful to listen to the music from the piano makes it that much sweeter.  As I reflected and listened to the piano last night, I was a little jealous of  his talent.  I would love to play the piano like that, but I will never be a master accompanist for a vocalist.

The more I reflected on Sam’s talent and on the talent that God has given me, I have decided that I to am a master accompanist.  I am an accompanist for the great story teller, Jesus.  I love to use my talent for a good story to draw people to the greatest  story of all, the story of God at work in my life.  I love to invite people to hear God’s life giving story.

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:14, 17 (NIV)

Robert could put on quite a show with or without Sam, there are many people who could serve as the accompanist, or he even could use recorded music.  Likewise God does not need me to tell his story, but what a honor for me that he allows me to accompany him.  He could use anyone, and he certainly could go solo.  I rejoice in the wonderful gift to be seen in the presence of the master.

To carry this ponder just a little further let’s look at one last thought. The simple truth is that we are all accompanists for God, the only question is:  is our life is in tune with His, adding to His beauty or are we a distraction from Him.

<>< Craig

just a simple storyteller