wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. after they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience & walked down the aisle to greet her. seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose & eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.”
when the house lights dimmed & the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat & discovered that the child was missing.
suddenly, the curtains parted & spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. in horror, the mother saw her little boy was 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, & whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”
then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand & began filling in a bass part. soon, his right arm reached around to the other side of the child & he added a running obligato. together, the old master & the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. the audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played – only the classic “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
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. however, with the hand of the MASTER, our life’s work truly can be beautiful. next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. 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 there helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. GOD doesn’t call the equipped; HE equips the called, & HE’ll always be there to love & guide you on to great things.