I heard a story in Bible class today about a young boy who attended a piano concert with his mother. His mom saw a dear friend a few rows away and went to greet her. After a chat that lasted perhaps longer than the mom realized, she returned to her seat only to find both theater seats empty.
Terror set in as the lights dimmed to black and the red velvet curtain dramatically opened. Her heart and mind were racing and she gasped when the spotlight revealed a child on stage, behind the piano intended for the piano legend. Her boy tapped keys to a simple song he knew for the entire concert hall. As the piano master quietly and calmly joined him on stage, he whispered in the young boy’s ear, “Don’t stop. Keep going. You’re doing great!” He took his left arm and began playing and then wrapped the right arm to more powerfully add to the child’s simple song. He effortlessly turned it into a masterpiece.
The Bible study teacher said, “That’s what I believe God does with each of us.” I wanted to jump up and down and scream “YES! HE JUST DID PRECISELY THAT WITH ME! I wasn’t at a piano concert, but I was at Mount Olive last Friday night helping launch a Married Couples ministry. “How Great Thou Art!” played again and again in my head! My God accomplished great things in 20 marriages and 40 people walked away with inspiration to build them up. My goal was to have each couple go home with one golden nugget. I feel far more was accomplished, because God’s goals and His reach are both limitless!
So today and for the next few weeks, I’m going to stay on topic and prayerfully serve an audience so very worthy in God’s eyes. I know whether you’re married or not, someone in your life could be greatly impacted by sharing some of these truths. So share the love people!
How we treat one another is a very big deal to God.
• John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
• Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
• Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
• 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Marriage is sacred. We, as followers of Christ, need to model it and live out our faith and love for God first, and then just one wrung down, our spouses second. If your marriage is relying on the two of you, you are missing the best part. It’s a rope of 3 cords that is strongest, NOT 2. That’s why I think so many marriages fall. They’re trying to do the work of 3 with only 2 humans. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
We’re all in broken marriages. You pick – good broken (I want to get better with God’s help) or bad broken (I’ve got this – I’m bitter and grumpy and it is what it is but I don’t need anybody’s help). I think the more broken we’re willing to admit we are, the more He can do with us.
My favorite quote from a recent Bible study was “Moses spent the first 40 years of his life learning he was somebody, his second 40 years of his life learning he was nobody and the last 40 years of his life learning what God can do with somebody that knows he’s a nobody.” I just love that – because I think I’m acutely aware of who I am. I am nothing at all without Him.
For those of you familiar with the song, “Potters Hand” you can gain a little insight in my head and my prayers. I want Him to mold me and our marriage. I hope you’ll decide you want Him to mold you, too. Submit to God. Surrender to Him and His plans. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
I’m praying that you and your spouse will lean on Him, seek Him, and call out to Him, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8.
Meanwhile, remember the little boy and the piano master who made Chopsticks into a beautiful song? What masterpiece is God planning to accomplish with your chopsticks?