Ministerial Meandering

Keep at it

I wish to state that I have copied this piece from a friend who sent it to me – perhaps as a lesson to me!  None of the following is of my own invention, but I like to think the story is true.  If it isn’t – it should be!

 Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took
her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, she spotted an old
friend in the audience, and walked down the aisle to greet her. Taking the
opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose
and eventually explored his way through a door marked, 'No Admittance'

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother
returned to her seat & discovered the child was missing. Suddenly the
curtains parted, and the spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on
stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy seated at the keyboard,
innocently picking out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. At that moment, the
great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved onto the piano bench,
and whispered in the boy's ear, 'Don't quit - keep playing'. Then leaning
over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the
bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child,
he added a running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have
been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The
audience was so mesmerised that they couldn't recall what else the great
master played. Only the classic, Twinkle Twinkle Little star.

Perhaps that's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is
hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't always gracefully
flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can
truly be beautiful.

The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully: you
may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear. 'Don't quit. Keep
on playing,' and you feel God's arms around you and know that God's hands
are there, turning your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. 

Remember, God doesn't seem to call the 'equipped' - rather, He equips the
'called.’ 

 

Philip+


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