Tuesday, February 24, 2009
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called!
I found this story on another person's blog and thought that I would share it. I don't know about you but if you are anything like me you struggle with feeling inadequate for the callings that God has placed on my life. Motherhood, being a wife, mission work, singing, leading women into freedom by knowing how loved and adored they are by their Heavenly Father, they are all areas where I feel God has called me but on any given day I feel so unworthy, unprepared, and even sometimes unwilling to do what has called me to do. If this resonates with you at all, be encouraged by this story as I was. Thank your Savior today that He creates the masterpiece in our lives, all that we have to do is be willing to keep on playing.
(Story from www.marcomprofessional.com)
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 obbligato.
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. But 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 playing the concerto of your life.
Remember, God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.