One of the best gifts at Christmastime at our house is my girls sit down and fill the house with beautiful piano music. They only took a couple of years of piano lessons, but both have returned to playing it for their own pleasure and relaxation. They took up other instruments and mastered the treble clef line but managed to learn enough about chord progression and keys to play the piano without the benefit of reading both lines at the same time. By just playing the treble line and adding a rhythmic playing of chords, the music sounds beautiful and somewhat original, not quite like the piece was written to be played.
A few days ago I was talking with a friend about playing the piano. We both agreed how hard it was to make our left hand do one thing while our right hand did another. I so wished I had the patience to play well.
Mike’s mother took up piano when she retired, and she started with “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and now she plays better than I. She took the long, humble and difficult path to learning and practicing the way it’s supposed to be done. I so admire her for starting and accomplishing something I have not had the patience to do. I am very reluctant about learning new things, and I think it has to do with two things. I do not like looking foolish as I don’t seem to be able to coordinate my hands to do what they are supposed to do, and I don’t have the patience or humility it requires to start at “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” I was prideful and unwilling to do the hard work it required, and consequently, I can’t play the piano.
When I find myself unable to be taught in an area, I have to ask what it is that is keeping me from learning what God is showing me. God wants us to come to Him as little children and be receptive to His Voice. It almost always involves more of us than we have in our own power. Like the piano requires us to think and coordinate two different things at the same time with our left and right hands, God often asks more than we think we can handle at the time. If we can humble ourselves and start at the elementary level and practice, practice, practice, we eventually find ourselves doing what we thought was impossible. Most of us know this with our minds, but applying it to our lives is often the difficult part.
What is God asking of you that is so hard to take the first step? I have several things on my list that I haven’t managed to start. Whatever it is that God is asking of us, I pray we both are willing to humble ourselves and do the hard things as much as is required to allow His Hand to transform us into the one He desires us to be.