A story is told of a great violinist, how he was moving many an audience with his enchanting music.  During one concert, he came limping to the platform because a nail had run through the sole of his shoe.  Then, when he started to play, one of the strings broke and the audience laughed.  Shortly after, another string broke and the audience laughed louder.  But, when a third string broke, and the musician continued to bring glorious music from the one string, then the audience looked on in hushed wonder.  For indeed they were in the presence of a master musician.

  Is not this a parable about life?  We must draw music from the instruments upon which we are given to play.

  Many times when hope causes our heart to sing, then something happens, a string breaks.
It is said, “A heavy burden falls upon our shoulders, or an overwhelming misfortune lacerates our hearts.”
We are hard pressed to continue the melody, we had begun with such eager anticipation.  We ask ourselves, “How is it possible to go on playing with a broken string?” 

  And yet, we know, that life goes on and the song continues after a precious string has been snapped.
We soon discover that the secret that sustains us when our strings are broken is found in one word, “FAITH.”  “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”  1 John 5:4 

  It is faith to be willing to accept the instruments in our hands, broken though they be, and try through God’s help to use them for good.

  It would have been easy and understandable for the Apostle Paul to have quit, given up, because of all the difficulty that he had been through.  But listen to him as he writes God’s message for himself and us:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”   2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2 Responses to “BROKEN STRINGS”

  1. Dear Max, What beautiful thoughts. Your devotionals still bless my heart ,as I know they do for others. When hurts and disapointments come we can either give up ,or have faith that God will work things out for our good ! He always has for me !

  2. After reading Joann’s response I say AMEN! & AMEN!

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