Thursday, December 17, 2009

Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the "rests." They are not to be slurred over, not to be omitted, not to destroy the melody, not to change the keynote. If we look up, God Himself will beat the time for us. With the eye on Him, we shall strike the next note full and clear.
If we sadly say to ourselves, "There is no music in a 'rest,'" let us not forget "there is the making of music in it." The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson! ~Ruskin

And, might I say, ditto for trills? I am not very good at playing piano slowly, giving each rest its full measure, but neither am I able to fly through the trills. Although, unlike the rests, they are clearly meant to be beautiful, they are much more difficult to make so. I tend to stumble through them instead of clearly playing each note for the instant it should be heard. But it is still true that God patiently works to teach us through them, and no matter how difficult it seems to us, He is there to make all things easy. Whether your life is pausing for a whole rest (1-e-&-a, 2-e-&-a, 3-e-&-a, 4--e--&--a... they take forever!) or attempting to whirl through a trill full of sharps or flats (afraid of missing the right note and hitting a wrong one, fingers tangling, counting off - it sounds terrible to us and we feel we shall never get it right), or even if right now you are easily playing a part you know and love, "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time". Whether you can hear the melody in it or not, as long as HE is writing the music in your life, it will be beautiful. Keep your eyes on Him!

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