I was 47 years old when my father-in-law gave me his cello.
I had never played an instrument, could not read sheet music and was way outside my comfort zone. None-the-less, I took up cello lessons with a brilliant instructor named, Tom.
Tom was a recluse. He did not leave his apartment very often unless he was out of hot dogs. His townhome was meticulous. Where you might expect to see a couch, there was a grand piano. In place of two matching armchairs stood two cellos in handcrafted mahogany boxes to hold the instruments upright.
Folding chairs for students and their parents were leaning neatly against the wall. Spotlights illuminated the middle of the bare floor where the lessons took place.
Tom always sat to my left. We would rarely share a music stand because he felt that by leaning over, “it imposes upon perfect posture.”
Tom loved to challenge me and typically chose sheet music that seemed to have more black, than white. He pushed me with encouragement, homework and fortunately, lots of humor. Often, he would have me listen to him play a few measures. As I sat beside him, I would watch the bow glide across the strings guided by his right hand. The fingers of his left hand moved effortlessly up and down the neck of his cello pressing down on the string ever-so-gently in just the right place to reveal the notes.
One day, Tom was teaching me a new scale. My cello was leaning against my shoulder, and my left hand rested on my strings. As Tom played his cello, I could feel the strings of my cello vibrate! When I asked Tom how that happens, he explained resonance.
“When your “C” string is in perfect pitch with the “C” note I am playing, your string will resonate. When it is received and understood, it’s like an emotional response is being created. The strings are experiencing the same frequency and are in harmony.”
Oh! My! Word! That perfectly describes the Voice of the Lord! When I am living in harmony with Jesus, I resonate to the sound of His Voice. When I hear His Voice, I want to follow Him. His Voice is powerful and majestic, and He orchestrates every detail of my life.
Do you know your Father’s Voice? Are you in tune with His purpose for your life? Listen carefully and let your heartstrings resonate with His message of Love. Sing and make music unto the Lord!
It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.