God as Orchestra Conductor

A Monday Meditation for April 12, 2021

St. Peter’s-

Imagine God as the orchestra conductor. Now imagine each one of us playing our individual parts, that separate are nothing extraordinary but together create the most beautiful symphony ever written. Now consider Satan comes in with intent of wrecking the show and begins to play a completely different tune.


How does God react? He would of course immediately throw Satan out, right? Instead, he directs the orchestra in such a way to accommodate this new tune and the song becomes even more beautiful. This frustrates Satan to no end, so he introduces another tune. Once again God directs the orchestra to accommodate the new tune, and again the song becomes even more beautiful. Satan tries this again and again, but every time God continues to effortlessly accommodate the changes as the orchestra follows his lead.


(my paraphrase of an excerpt from JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion – an allegory telling a story of how the earth was created, called “The Ainulindale”)


David Shaw