Sunday, May 23, 2010

OK Go and The Well

OK Go "This Too Shall Pass"

My teens introduced me to this video (if you like it, go to youtube and find the marching band version and watch that as well- band geeks of the world unite!) this morning after church and I loved it! My smile kept getting bigger and bigger as the video progressed, and I broke out into a laugh at the colorful end.

Thanks OK Go! You make the world a better place with your art.

I love the Rube Goldberg machine concept. They take all these mundane, everyday objects and put them to use in totally unexpected ways. Yet because of the crafty work of the machine designer(s), even what seems pointless and nonsensical eventually all works together to realize the machine's objective- in this case to make people smile.

It reminds me of my church, aka The Well. I mean it is downright hilarious all the people that God has brought together in this place, and the totally unexpected ways he brings something useful out of such a motley crew.

We have a psych major who functions as a musician/worship leader/tutor; a trucker/preacher/drummer who collects pies for prisoners at holidays; an ordained minister who is always redecorating our space; several seminary students who blog, pontificate and make coffee; teachers who teach (no surprises there) and a whole gaggle of youngsters who praise God every Sunday in impromptu dance, shrieking, giggling and dinosaur roaring. There are film producers, rappers, artists, servicemen and women, IT professionals, photographers, surfers and even a guy whose goal it is to become a professional dancer. We have all kinds of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, burdens, ages,vocations- you name it. Any way you can divide people up, we can probably fill the niche.

And yet God brings us all together, giving us a unity in purpose that we can't see or understand even if we wanted to. Because we are not in charge of the big picture. Nope, each of us has only to follow Jesus as we are individually led, to do at the time what we are Spirit led to do, be that speak or be silent, sing or dance, read aloud or pray in a whisper, serve coffee or work in the nursery. It is the Spirit at work in us each and all that makes the whole thing work together in love.

I Corinthians 12:12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

Truly we are many parts, unique and strangely different from one another. But God brings us together in his perfect plan, in ways we don't even see yet, to bring His good news to fruition in the world. It is so cool to be a part of this great work of art!


  1. Thanks for the link. I chuckled all the way through and was laughing outright by the end!

  2. Real art! Wouldn't it have been cool to be one of the people who got to help set it up and then watch it all come together?

    I do think that is a lot more like the body of Christ works than we realize. We think that we are supposed to be doing one thing (like a ping pong ball seems to be made for ping pong) but then God goes and uses our lives in a totally unexpected manner (ping pong ball as rhythm instrument) that seems pointless to us at the time.

    But, ah, when it all comes together, every part coming in at the right time and in the way God determined, it's going to result in a joyful work of art that all creation watching will delight to see.

    Smiling all over again. =)