Thursday, July 5, 2012

In the Hands of a Maestro

My daughter had her first piano recital recently. Held in the fellowship room of a very old church, it was simple and sweet. The piano she played was unremarkable. A plain, brown upright that had obviously seen better days, it was exactly like hundreds of pianos in hundreds of church basements around the country. One by one Miss Sarah's students took their place at the bench. The strains of Mary Had a Little Lamb and Ode to Joy rang out. Proud parents beamed.
Then it was Miss Sarah's turn. She stretched her arms a second, placed her fingers on the keys and began to play. Under her expert touch, something incredible happened. As her hands flew up and down the keyboard, the piano became something else. Suddenly, the sounds coming from this non-descript instrument became heavenly. I've never heard a baby grand in a concert hall, but I imagine that's what it sounded like. It was breathtaking. Under the hands of a master, the instrument was transformed.
We are all instruments.
Stuck in the mundane of our daily lives, we often fail to see our own potential -- our own worth.
But God doesn't.
If we allow Him to transform us, we are priceless works of art.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
The word workmanship is better translated masterpiece. You are a masterpiece! Created not just to exist, but to flourish under the mighty hand of the Master Himself!
Under His leading, you don't simply collect dust in the corner of a church basement; you ring out with praises so beautiful even the angels stand in awe.
Today let Him touch your life. Let Him work through you and in you to do the "good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do." Under His hand, let Him transform the mundane into a symphony of praise – a chorus of the miraculous.
You might be simple and sweet. You might think you're doing the best you can under the push and pull of the cares of the world. You might even earnestly plunk out a tune or two as you go along your way. But that's not God's best for you. He has big plans.
So, what's holding you back? Are you really satisfied with Mary Had a Little Lamb? Or would you rather echo with the heart-stopping power of your own Hallelujah chorus?
Remember, it's not the instrument it's the artist!