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 an old 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 to discover that
the child 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:
Twin-kle, Twin-kle, Lit-tle 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 what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully
creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played that
night. Only the classic, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
Perhaps 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 always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful.
The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering
in your ear, "Don't quit, keep playing." May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping
you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the 'called.' Life is more accurately measured
by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire.