One of my true heroes is Dr. Carl Bradley. He is our church organist. His wonderful music has compensated for many of my bad sermons. He makes playing the organ a full contact sport.
Most people in our sanctuary cannot see Carl’s footwork because of the privacy rail but rest assured, by the time he’s finished playing an intricate piece of music, I am worn out from watching.
Last Sunday, during the first worship service, Carl reached down to turn off a small fan on the floor next to the organ bench. Unfortunately, he wasn’t looking and he stuck his finger into the fan. It was sliced from stem to stern. He never said a word.
Dr. Bradley quietly sat there acting as if nothing happened while I preached the greatest sermon in the history of sermons. Then, he played the closing hymn and postlude as if all was right with the world.
After the service ended, as people left the sanctuary, I made my way back to the chancel area. That’s when Carl told me what happened. There was blood on the organ keys, splattered on the floor, and Carl had his hand wrapped in blood-soaked tissues. Craig, our choir director, said it looked like we had sacrificed an animal on the organ.
This got me thinking.
When the fan blade sliced through Carl’s finger, he had a choice. He could have excused himself and distracted us from worshiping God or he could have made sure nothing interfered with what he believes matters most. He chose worship. He wanted everyone to focus on God. That’s biblical.
John the Baptist did the exact same thing. He pointed away from himself to Jesus. Jesus, in turn, pointed away from himself to God. That’s why he said, “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” (Luke 18:19)
We have two choices. We can point people towards the One who brings wholeness, peace, forgiveness, true purpose, and grace to our lives or we can become a distraction and point people in another direction. I pray we choose rightly.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in this world where everything and everyone competes for my time, attention, and money, help me to see what matters most. Help me to point others to you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Pointing people towards Jesus is why we are here. It’s a great job.
Also, just for the record, during worship, if you cut yourself on a fan, and you are bleeding copious amounts of blood, please let us know. My schedule is very tight, and I don’t want to do your funeral.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.