“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”
(2 Peter 1:3 NIV)
My church’s Prime Timers’ activities director called: “Would you please present a musical program for our meeting next month?”
I arrived on the day of the performance with repertoire in hand. Rather than set up my own instrument and portable speakers, I resolved to play the Praise Team’s keyboard in the fellowship hall. I heard God say, “Watch out - it’s time to learn another lesson!”
The keyboard had several troubling issues:
- The black-and-white keys were not “touch sensitive” – volume control through my fingers was impossible.
- The sustain pedal inched away on the slippery stage as I patted it with my right foot.
- The music stand, its base a makeshift anchor for the sustain pedal, wobbled away as I tapped the pedal. I clumsily reached to turn music pages as the stand slid beyond my grasp.
- The stool I perched on scooted backward as I pushed the pedal forward with my right foot. I was forced to balance precariously on my left leg.
- The keyboard lacked a monitor speaker at my feet; I could only hear music through the overhead speakers.
Several times between musical selections I rose from the keyboard to readjust the wayward sustain pedal. It was a comedy-act concert, a humbling situation with many lessons learned.
As I get older, like that sustain pedal, my thoughts try to slip away from God. My poverty presents itself clearly in every situation I face. I am thankful our heavenly Father is not surprised at our insufficiencies - He is not out of reach!
I will grasp and hold on to Jesus and His loving power today. I hope you will, too!