Pastors Note April

Last month I shared with you some of my favourite words. One of them was ‘grace’ a beautiful word that encapsulates for me what it is to be a Christian. Just the other day I came across the following article that sums up much of what I’m trying to convey about grace. Let me share it with you.

Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert.

After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.

That’s the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. With the hand of the Master, our life’s worth truly can be beautiful.

So the next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully and you can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are playing the concerto of your life. Remember, God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called. Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace.

And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. I hope you enjoyed that story, better still I hope you can relate to the little boy! Life is our stage and if you are anything like me you will know something about feeling vulnerable and unequipped for many of life’s challenges. Life is complex, wonderful and hilarious on occasions and on other occasions … well let’s just say ‘interesting’ because that is what life is like.

When Jesus went to the cross for our sins he promised us the gift of His Holy Spirit, the one who draws near, the one who plays alongside our plink plonk plink and somehow creates something beautiful. I find that astonishing but I have also found it to be true. We have a saying in church … God isn’t interested in our ability or inability he’s interested in our availability! So how about it? As we approach another Easter how available are we to encounter His grace, His voice and his leading?

Have a great

Easter Dave