Some Good News about You
I took on a new piano student yesterday. He’s nine years old, and watching his feet swing from the piano bench made me happy.
He wasn’t so sure about this whole piano lesson thing, but his mom urged him to give it a try. I went to Sweet Peaks Ice Cream and bought him a little gift card, because that’s his favorite. When he sat down at the piano bench, I showed him the gift card taped onto the back cover of the book. I promised that is what awaits him when he finishes the book.
This made him eager to get to work.
I talked to him about the muscles in his fingers and how those muscles aren’t used to moving on piano keys. Sure enough, he had trouble pushing the keys down with those fourth fingers. He held up his hand, wiggled his fingers, and said, Yup, you’re right. Those muscles don’t want to work!
Piano lessons –not unlike our walk with Christ. It’s hard learning something new, and the muscles of the soul aren’t used to moving this way.
You know, as a piano teacher I wasn’t at all worried about the child’s bungled first attempts on the keys. We all start there. But in a half an hour of his first lesson, he was playing a song. If he sticks with it, by the end of summer those fingers will be moving up and down just fine. He’ll get the hang of it.
For those of us who know Christ, Paul assures us we “…are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV)
When I read this I thought, Really? Doesn’t seem like it most days.
But thank God for the word “are”.
We are being transformed. Following Christ may feel a bit awkward and like you’re getting nowhere. But I don’t think God’s worried about that. One page at a time, you’re going to work through his plan and before you know it –Sweet Peaks.
(Hey, that’s a great description of our future glory, don’t you think?)
Let me say it again, just because it sounds as sweet as ice cream to the ears: WE ARE BEING TRANSFORMED.
Keep at it!
It’s funny how “behind” I thought I was keeping up with your blog posts, and yet its just another way God is showing me His timing is ‘right’. I just read this one today from a couple months ago and yet these were the words I had to hear ‘this day’ to be encouraged. I had a major setback over the weekend with a family member after exploding in anger at them (been brewing too long). It always leaves me wondering, “Am I ever making progress, will I ever change?” Yet, I am. He is chiseling and transforming me and gently dealing with areas that still need some serious TLC, even though I know growth and progress have taken place, and I’m not where I used to be. Thank you for reminding me of my continual transformation on days when it feels like I’ve taken so many steps backward. Blessings
This note makes me praise the Lord for his great orchestration of details in our lives.
Funny, I was just sitting here writing again about how determined God is to purify us. What great hope! Hang in there, my friend!
This is such good news because I fail Him daily. It will eat me up if I sit in it too long. I must go to the One who is already perfect and rest in His righteousness upon me because of the Cross. We need to be right with God. It is our biggest need. May we seek *HIS* righteousness as there is none to be found in us. Journey on sis. Nothing about Him will ever fail! Rejoice in His perfection!
Your writing points me to God. May He have much glory. Keep testifying. Some are listening & being encouraged to endure.
You have no idea how encouraging this is to me today. I needed a bit of a push to keep going. Thank you.
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