by Macy Johnson
“But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”
(Luke 7:35 NIV)
One of my favorite lines in the movie, Amadeus, was spoken by Emperor Joseph II. “Too many notes, dear Mozart, too many notes!” he said after a performance in Vienna. Mozart replied, “Just as many as necessary, Your Majesty.”
“In contrast to the rejection of foolish critics, spiritually wise persons could see that the ministries of both John (the Baptist) and Jesus were godly, despite their differences.” (Luke 7:35 footnote, The NIV Study Bible) The Jewish leaders criticized John because he was too austere and Jesus because he was too easygoing.
I recently received an email from a publisher. He suggested I revise one of my blogs to include more detail about a certain subject. I hope my writing style leads readers to fill in the blanks. I purposefully leave spaces in my stories for others to insert their experiences and feelings as they realize they have seen God face to face.
I filed the email away. The Holy Spirit gives me just enough words for each story. I don’t need to add or remove anything. My stories are unique and complete for His glory.
When I play the piano, I might add or subtract a few notes here and there, just to personalize it for myself and my audience. My hope is that you, my readers, in the same way would add to or subtract from my stories in order to make them uniquely yours. May all changes come from the heart of the Holy Spirit for His glory. He is the Source of all life and is always, in every form, just enough.
I will follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and live to trust His guidance in every decision, every choice. I hope you will, too!