The story is told of a youngster learning to play the piano whose mother, to encourage a love for music in him, took him to a Paderewski concert.
Soon after the mother and son were seated, the mother spotted a friend a little distance away and walked down the aisle to greet her. The time got a little too long for the youngster, and he wandered off, exploring the wonders of the concert hall, eventually making his way through a door clearly marked NO ADMITTANCE.
When the house lights dimmed, the mother returned to her seat, only to find her son missing. At that moment the curtains on the stage parted, and to her shock, there was her son seated at the keyboard of the impressive Steinway.
Oblivious to the crowd, he began to pick out the notes to “Twinkle, twinkle, little star.”Just then Paderewski came on stage, quickly moved to the piano and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”
Leaning over the boy, the concert pianist reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side of the boy and added another part. Together the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative moment. The audience was captivated.
In much the same way, God is able to work through our sometimes feeble efforts, wrapping his arms around us, urging us on, transforming our work into something beautiful. Indeed, God equips us to dream new dreams. A God Provide
God taxes our imaginations, prodding us to envision far more than we ever thought possible. But we must set aside time to consider anew God’s gracious gifts, time for wonder and amazement, time for mystery and growth, time to dream with eyes-wide-open.
And the promise is that God is with us, encouraging, upholding, challenging, renewing, recreating us, that we might dream new dreams and imagine new possibilities. Possibilities of peace, possibilities of compassionate love and servanthood, and possibilities of new life.
Thanks to Joel Kline
Think of a time when God transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative moment for you.