Showing posts from February, 2011

The Violinist

So many times we complain about tension and stress in our lives. If we could just have some peace, we could accomplish something. But consider the violin. It is tension and stress which make such beautiful music from this instrument. Without the proper tension, the strings are not able to 'sing' as they do under the skilled hands of the musician.
The same is true in our lives. If we realize that God is the concertmaster and if He is in control, the tension and stress is part of the plan. He knows what we are capable of under His control. He holds us safely in His hands, tightening the strings to the proper tension so that when He sets the bow to string, we 'sing' under his skilled playing.
God knows we need rest as well, and we can trust Him to provide this at the right time. A beautiful musical composition is not only made of melody, but of the rests in between the notes. Those help make the melody what it is. And it is only when the Master tightens up the strings…

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise.
(2nd verse of F.S. Pierpoint's lyrics)

When we sing this lovely song, we are reminded of the soft grass of summer, swirling gently to the rhythm of the warm breezes. We appreciate our Father's beautiful gift. But what would our appreciation be, if this scene had not been preceded by the bitter, cold of February; the shrieking hurricane and blinding snow which covers the landscape in impassable drifts?
Our Christian life is much the same. We love the gentle moments of love and happy cooperation when minds and hands work as one. But would we long for heaven if that is how it always is? Would our hunger for the reward of rest and peace be so sure if we never found our efforts met with resistance and even hatred? Often the bitter winds of persecution attack our quiet life and drift the way fo…