My sons both take piano lessons, and a few times a year, they have a recital. Their spring recital this year was held a local church, and a gorgeous ebony piano patiently waited for all the children as they took their turns.
The longer musical pieces were saved for the end, and I knew one particular boy would be doing his last. He’s about sixteen years old, and he always chooses unique, complicated songs to play.
This year, he decided to play a song that I knew well. I read the title of the song and the name of the Christian band on the very last line of the recital program. I enjoyed each performance, especially my two sons’ moments on center stage (they did an amazing job!), but I couldn’t wait to hear one of my favorite Christian songs played live on the piano.
When the young man began to play, I recognized the tune instantly. A flood of emotions for our Lord filled me. I could hear the lyrics of God’s truth and beauty run through my mind. Even though I tried to hold back the tears, many of them slipped down my cheeks.
As the song progressed, the young man struggled with the complicated formation of piano notes. He had to pause several times, and his expression became tense and a little frustrated. I prayed for him to continue with the song because all I heard was the glorious love of God. His mistakes could not take away from specials feelings welling up in my heart.
And I know that God feels the same way about us. When we commit to creating beauty for God on this earth in obedience to the Holy Spirit, we will always make mistakes. But God’s love overpowers our flawed efforts, and all of creation only senses the sound of His glory through our lives.
Sometimes I focus so much on my mistakes that I forget that God’s grace creates beauty from the ashes. I will not let fear stop me from playing my life’s song for the Lord. I will not let my weaknesses prevent me from doing my best for my Savior. I want to be like that young man playing the piano: he made mistakes but he finished his performance to the end. All to the glory of God!
Questions: Is God leading you in an area where you fear making mistakes? How can you trust Him in the knowledge that His grace is more than enough?
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will
be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.”
(Isaiah 61.3 NLT)
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