“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many… not upon your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens
The keys wait to be played like a dream. I hope the music will be there when it’s time for my fingers to go to work. I wish I could explain why I always wonder this but I can’t. There is always great relief when that first chord is played and I look down to see once more to my amazement… God has once again brought the music out to let us play. What wonderful peace it brings to my soul. I can’t explain why I love music the way that I do, but I am closest to God when I play.
I have spent such an abundance of time trying to hang onto what I have. Silly, when I understand that it never has been – nor ever will be – mine to keep. Only He knows what lays before me. Certainly, if truly called into His service, there will be difficult moments ahead. That much is certain. Jesus foretold of an ominous end for Peter as they sat discussing Love and service, responsibility and calling, yet what would discourage anyone less then faithful to Christ will drive those committed even deeper into His calling and service. Odd, how illogical this seems, but knowing he would die for Jesus somehow must have inspired Peter and left him excited to be so fortunate enough to live the remainder of his life for Christ. Jesus foretold of Peter’s denial. Now, with this prediction, Peter understands that all he may be given, though not his, will certainly lead to an end that will most surely glorify his Lord. It doesn’t matter what that natural outcome may look like – the spiritual outcome couldn’t be more exciting news to Peter then if he’d won the lottery! I’m not sure, even now, that I can fully grasp this… one day, perhaps, I’ll be able to…
His gift to ME has been music and maybe I fear that He might one day take it away; or that I might lose the music foolishly, but God doesn’t want us to cling so tightly to the things He’s given us. So release whatever it may be, for you, today. These gifts are intended to serve Him for His purpose and His Will. Give them wholly back to Him and be thankful for the precious gifts He lays before you. It may come back and it may not, but God never withholds His Grace and His Goodness from His children and it is that thought which loosen my grip somewhat. For now, for me… I can only keep playing and with each note I strike, thank God for being so abundantly good to me! Peace, SAG
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”