by Macy Johnson
“The sacrifices of God are a broken
a broken and contrite heart O God, you
will not despise.”
(Psalm 51:17 NIV)
quietly and read through my weekly Bible Study on the book of Ephesians while
my piano received its annual tuning. The sporadic sounds of notes played repeatedly
were a distraction. Ping! A sudden “crack” reverberated through the house.
happened?” I asked the piano technician. “One of your strings for C above
middle C was frayed and caused a false tune. When I touched it, it snapped,” he
replied. “How often does that happen?” I asked. “Out of the four hundred pianos
I tuned in the past year this is the second one,” he said and quickly replaced
causes a piano string to break? Age and usage are the main culprits. I have
practiced on my piano more lately with new opportunities to accompany church
choirs. During this time God has opened my eyes to the condition of my heart. Similar
to my piano string, it has been recently damaged and overworked with many
schedule and venue changes in His kingdom’s service.
Holy Spirit touches my heart, it often breaks. Like a rusty metal string, my
heart needs to be gradually brought up into tune over time to be on pitch with
Him. If I try to rush the process and stretch the strings of my heart too
quickly, they will snap. I must be flexible and content with God’s timing of my
If I stayed
home and did not allow God to stretch my heartstrings, I might have less
anxiety. That is not an option. My heart is not my own.
I will ask
my heavenly Father to gently tune the strings of my heart as I serve Him. I
hope you will too!