My youngest son plays the viola.
That means we have heard all the viola jokes, gone to all the recitals and concerts, and paid every due the parents of a young string player pays. He is a fine player now, but there is a price to be paid in the early years.
Ok, for fun, here’s one viola joke – Do you know the difference between a violin and a viola? The viola burns longer. (Ba boom ching!)
Okay, another one – Do you know the difference between a viola in the middle of the road or a dead snake in the middle of the road? There are skid marks in front of the snake. (Somebody, please make me stop!)
The other day, we had a group of young string players play a prelude at church. About 12 of them played the first stanza of “Away in a Manger,” and they presented just the way young strings usually play – a little out of tune with a squawk or two and their bows going every direction in the world. It reminded me of the early years with John as he played “Twinkle, Twinkle” about 7 million times.
On the second stanza though, something happened that moved me to tears. The adult orchestra came in with all the harmonies and confidence of older players and immediately, the sound went from “cute” to absolutely beautiful.
As I thought about it, I couldn’t help but see the picture their performance actually was for us of our relationship with God. Our Father gives us all a life that we can use for His glory. We have abilities and weaknesses, fears and strengths. He invites us to use it all for His kingdom and promises He will help.
When we go out there without Him, every flaw is on display and the impact is limited to our abilities. But God has no desire for any of us to be solo artists. He wants our song to be a duet with Him!
I love living my life and singing the song He gives me. But the greatest joy is when I hear Him come into my living and make the song a duet!
That’s what I want. And it’s what He wants to!
God, I want my life to be a song that honors you – Sing with me as I live for you! Amen!
Director, LifeWay Worship